Monday, April 5, 2010
It's Only A Thorn
Well, another Easter has come and gone. There are some here that LOVE Easter, for them it is the culmination of a church year. Some of us enjoy Easter, but Christmas really is our favorite time of the year. For some of us this means that we will not be gracing the hallowed halls of a church building for another 8 months until Christmas comes along. Maybe Easter doesn't even mean going to church for you, that is a strikingly common possibility.
If you did happen to go to church yesterday, more than likely you heard a message on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and hopefully, something along the lines of how the Resurrection of J.C. frees us from sin. Jesus conquered sin and death through His Resurrection, so we can also be more than conquerors by believing in Him. Simple, yet amazingly powerful message, right?
By believing in the death and Resurrection of Jesus, you are free from sin. It holds no power over you any longer. Does it though? Does it really? I can't begin to tell you how often I am confessing the same sin over and over again, week after week - "Lord, I did it again. Please forgive me." It's almost as if I can't get passed it. It's become an addiction in a way; it's a crutch; it's my "thorn in my side," if you will. Yes, we say "Amen" when our pastors start preaching about how Jesus conquered death. We even will say "Amen" when they start talking about how we are free from sin because of Jesus' sacrifice and Resurrection. But then, we head home and stay stuck in our sin.
Can we imagine our life truly free from this sin? Can we imagine our life in total power over it? I'm not sure. What I know is that for me, Easter is another reminder that I CAN have power over this sin in my life. Not only CAN I have power over this sin, but I actually DO have power over it, all because of Jesus. So, the question really becomes what do I want more in my life - the power of Jesus' conquering death, sin and the devil or a thorn in my side? That thorn might feel good, it might feel like I have to have it - it's a crutch though. It's nothing but a lie of satan, and life without it is SO MUCH BETTER than death with it. It's only a thorn, Jesus is offering you and me life eternal, thorn-free. What do you say? Are you in?
"To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father - to Him be Glory and Power Forever and Ever! Amen!" Revelation 1:5b-6