For Easter the drama and leadership team did a video series called “The Stations of the Cross.” It’s a series of videos that tell the story of Jesus taking the cross and making the journey to the place where he would be crucified.
Ever since I saw the series, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. As I watched the videos I began to think about how just that small portion of his life so compares with our lives.
I apologize in advance because this post is longer than usual. But I think it’s worth taking the time to read.
If you can just indulge me for just a few moments. Don’t just read the words. But, imagine in your mind the scene that is taking place.
I thought about Jesus having the cross on his back and falling three times on the way to Golgotha. But each time he got back up. He was tired, in pain and physically broken. But he got back up.
When the life gets us down and we’re tired of fighting, we too have to get back up and keep moving forward toward our goal, mission or purpose.
The road that Jesus walked was narrow and people mocked him and jeered at him as if the load he was bearing in pain wasn’t enough. But yet he didn’t turn to the left or right, he continued on in pain carrying the weight of the cross to complete his mission.
I’m always amazed at how people can find so much pleasure in kicking you when you’re down! Don’t they realize what I’m going through. Don’ they know the pain, agony or disappointment I’m experiencing?
Despite the mocking, the jeering, the pointing, the whispering, the backbiting, we must be steadfast like Jesus keeping our focus toward the finish. We mustn’t waste time and energy trying to defend or explain ourselves. At the end of the day it just isn’t worth it. We need all the energy we have to make it to the finish line.
His purpose was to die.
Our purpose may not be to die a physical death. But there are things that we need to die to in our life. We need to die to self, selfish ambitions, negative thinking and/or self-sabotaging behavior. And, that’s a very short list.
What things do you need to die to?
He was buried.
You may feel like you’ve been buried under the pressures of life’s circumstances, trials and tribulations, but if you just hold on a little while longer, you will find that the situation is only temporary and you will come out.
Once he was buried, people thought that his story was over and not just the people who opposed him but also, the people who loved him! His story wasn’t over because he rose with All Power!
People may have counted you out. You may have counted yourself out and thought your story was over. But you will rise out of the pit of doubt, self-pity, defeat and hopelessness!
Not only will you rise but you will rise with Power! The power that comes with beating the odds and defying what other people thought or said and even defying what YOU thought! It’s the power of knowing there is strength within you that you didn’t realize you had and can’t be taken away!
And, lastly he was transformed.
When you rise and come out, you will be transformed. You won’t be the same person you were before this trial. You will be stronger, better and wiser!
In closing, I’m certainly not saying it wrong for any of us to feel any of these things. I’m just saying we can’t stay there and setup shop.
After Death Comes Power – Be Blessed