Our world has mastered how to create and force feed distractions and influences. Many of these distractions have pushed our eyes away from the cross, seeking answers from a broken world. Some of us have watered down the power of redemption to soothe our pain birthed from sin.
The world is experiencing so much grief, it has left others asking, “Where is God? Has he turned a deaf ear to our cry as a nation?”
Easter holds a mission of reminding us about the power of our risen Savior. A reminder to us that no tear goes unseen, no pain is ignored and no prayer is not answered.
This Easter gives us our token of peace and turns our heads toward the things the cross represents. It represents a chance for us to be saved, a chance for us to go before the throne of grace, and a chance for us to know that our suffering isn’t forever. Our father embodies a power that can resurrect broken homes, finances, jobs, parent and child relationships, and marriages.
Don’t forget our Savior, who was hung high, stretched wide, and for me and you, he died. Even in death, he held a power that could not be contained. The empty tomb contained only the linens he was wrapped in, but not his scarred body.
When Jesus rose, we were given an opportunity to experience divine attributes and characteristics of God. One of those divine attributes is named Elohim, which means the one who is God of governing power, who is omnipotent and sovereign (Hebrews 5:9-10). We also saw God as El Shaddai, all sufficient and shedder of blessings (2 Corinthians 12:9), and Jehovah Rohi, the Lord our shepherd (John 10:7-10). He was even Jehovah Jireh, a provider, as he provided a path to redemption through the crucifixion of his son, Jesus Christ (1 John 4:9).
As the world is approaching a new normal, allow this Easter to be shaped into an intentional normal for you, and meditate on these questions:
- What divine characteristic do you need God to be for you?
- What is your tomb?
- What is keeping you from experiencing God’s redemptive grace?
- What is keeping you from God’s resurrecting power?
Don’t allow the distractions and influences of this world force you to forget where God is and that he yearns to hear from you.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3
Written by Keri Pettis, director/manager of the Buckner Family Hope Center at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy in West Dallas.