On this resurrection day, I simply want to remind everyone that while Jesus was on this planet, He had no place to stay. He traveled from place to place, staying in people’s homes like with Mary and Martha and Lazarus, but reported Himself that the Son of man had “no place to lay His head”. This may seem unfortunate to us but it was all part of God’s plan for His Son to not have “residence” in this place or on this planet. This was not His home. Jesus was born in a borrowed manger and buried in a borrowed tomb. In between those two events, He lived in places He did not own and shared spaces He would not stay for long!
Jesus was placed on a cross…hung there with nails in His hands and His feet. He was put there to stay. The people who killed Him thought they were done with Him. But little did they know, the cross could not keep Him down, hang Him up or do Him in! Jesus didn’t stay on the cross! After a few hours, they took Him down and placed Him in a tomb.
After rolling a boulder in from of the doorway, the Romans thought they had devised a surefire way to prevent Jesus’ body from being “stolen” and to keep His body in the tomb! Little did they know or understand that no one can contain or keep the Son of God entombed! After three days, Jesus gloriously rose from the dead and miraculously left the tomb. That was a place for dead people and certainly not a place for the Son of the Living God to stay!
Jesus soon departed for Heaven, telling His disciples to go and make other disciples. He told them He was going to make a place for them…for us…to stay but that one day He would come again to get us so that we could be where He is. Jesus has gone to that place but is not planning to stay there yet…He is yet to settle in! He is preparing a place for us and once that is complete, Jesus will come again!
So what is really amazing is that through all of this, Jesus’ earthly life, His tragic death, His miraculous resurrection and glorious ascension, Jesus has chosen only one place to reside until He comes again and that place is in our hearts through the Holy Spirit! (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30). Resurrection Day is so vitally important because it’s the day Christ chose to demonstrate that the most powerful people or places on this planet could not keep Him or limit Him in any way. He did not stay on the cross or in the grave but has chosen to reside in my heart until He comes to take me to live with Him in Heaven, where we will abide together forever! This is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Why not give Him your heart as a place to stay this Easter?
Thoughts On Resurrected Living
Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen.
Don’t expect to find life in dead places!
Many people spend their entire lives searching throughout the world looking for life in all the wrong places. Real life is only found in once place: the empty tomb! Real life is only found in one person: Jesus Christ. The ressurected life is the only real life! On the day that Christ rose from the dead, even his followers we’re surprised! They were expecting to find the Lord still dead. To their amazement, they found an empty tomb because a tomb is for those who are dead! Jesus Christ is NOT dead! My God is not dead! He is alive and living in me!
If you are looking in dead places you are only gonna find dead things! If you want to find real life you have to look where life is!
Only dead people can be resurrected!
Jesus was completely dead. He did not faint. He did not fake it. He did not flee with the help of his disciples. He WAS dead! But thank God He is no longer! On the third day just as He said, He rose from the dead! The same resurrection power that was in Him He promises to give to those who believe!
The scriptures say we are dead in our trespasses until Christ enters in! Death and life cannot share the same space! Christ can and will give the resurrection life to anyone who is seeking for life among the dead! Stop searching among the dead and deadening things of this world and let Christ rise up in you!
The tomb was opened to let people in not to let Christ out!
The ladies were asking who would roll the stone away to let them come in and anoint the Lord. When they got there they found the stone rolled away with angels sitting on top. Their problem had been rolled away! Yet how often do we roll the stone back in front of the tomb? Christ and the angels left the tomb open so that all could go in and see for themselves the resurrected life that was possible. If Christ has risen in us, we need to leave the stone rolled away! We cannot hide the life that is in us! We cannot allow the stone to be rolled back and hide the life that Christ has put in us! Regardless of what your past is, Christ has overcome it! The is no need to hide! The old you is dead! Invite people into your life and let them be encouraged by what Christ has done in you and for you this Easter!
George Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear Ministries and serves as the student minster at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA