He Got Up

9 03 2015

It is one of those mornings. You know what I mean. A stay-under-the quilts, hide-your-head-in-the-covers, don’t-want-to-see-anyone kind of day. Some days it is rough. The bruises from yesterday’s encounter with the world haven’t even started healing, and it is time to go do it all over again. Maybe it is a difficult relationship, a financial struggle, a job hardship, a health problem, an overload of busyness, the empty sting of loneliness, or a worrisome fear that has crept down deep into your soul. Whatever it is, hiding sounds far better than getting up and facing it.

Jesus understands. He was misunderstood, misquoted, and mistaken for a demon. People used Him, abused Him, and became furious with Him. He preached love, but was hated for it. He spoke of peace, but was treated with injustice. He invited anyone with a heart for God to walk by His side. In the end, He was rejected, mocked, ridiculed, and murdered. But, and this is a big one, but He got up. On the third day, He got up.

Because He got up, you and I can get up too. Someday, we will get up from death, entering His presence with more praise than we can imagine. But that isn’t all. Because He got up, we can get up today too. We can get up, facing the monsters, the uncertainties, the worries, the struggles, and the fears. Getting up, we can face today with confidence, peace, and hope. We stand in victory because He is victorious. I know it is overwhelming, pressing in so hard you can hardly breathe. But He got up! Never forget that. And because He did, you can too. You can face this. You can get through this. And you can look like Jesus as you do.

My Jesus Resolution today is to get up. I have to admit that there are days in which I just want to throw in the towel. This life isn’t easy. Jesus never promised easy. He does hold out His hand, the nail-scarred one, and asks me to take a step of faith. That step of faith will usher me into a world I can’t imagine. One of hope, healing, comfort, love, presence, power, and perspective. Pull the covers up or trust His love? He got up, so I am going to get up too.


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9 03 2015
Donna Jefferson

This writing reminded me of the song “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, I know I’m free”! thanks

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