It is the Easter season when Christians remember and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God, from the dead. We believe he was crucified willingly and became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The gulf between man (because of his disobedience and sin) and God had become so great and so complete that Jesus came to earth, dwelt among man and became the bridge that restored man’s access to God, as well as providing eternal life.
The Bible warns us that to those who don’t believe this, it seems to be pure foolishness, but to those who do believe and embrace it, it is the power of God for us to have eternal life – to literally rise again from the dead and live with God forever.
It is crucial to remember the power of Christ’s resurrection. Because he arose from the dead and overcame the power of the grave to claim our mortal bodies, our spirits can be set free.
Death has many forms in our lives. Our bodies wear out and cease to function on this planet. The expiration of our days in this body end in the grave. Our spirits, however, will continue.
While we are yet living on this earth, we allow other things to die as well. Family connections, friendships, marriages often die of neglect or abuse. Time and distance separate us and we often don’t even realize that what once was alive and well has ceased to be.
Today I am particularly concerned about the dreams that we let die. The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. In our instant gratification society, of microwaves and drive through culture, we want what we want right now. We don’t want to have to wait for anything. Young people, especially seem to think that they should get what they want without having to work for it. They won’t keep a job that makes demands on them but doesn’t promote them immediately.
In general, our people have become more and more discontent with what they have at hand and toss their dreams aside because it takes hard work to bring some things to pass. It takes faithfulness while we work and wait toward some goals before we see them materialize.
In this season of resurrection, I want to encourage others and myself to let unfulfilled dreams, unkept promises and broken relationships be brought back to life. Not everything in our lives needs to live again. Some things should have been killed off long ago and left alone. But for the good things that we dreamed of doing or becoming, I believe it isn’t too late.
Unlike the resurrection and salvation of our souls which was made possible through God’s plan and Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us, in which we only have to believe and ask God to come into our hearts, our dreams often require hard work on our end.
Consider the doctors, lawyers, politicians, professional athletes, and celebrities who seem to be living the good life and rolling in cash, living the easy life. From the outside looking in, the end result looks easy. We can’t see all the hours, weeks, and years of preparation that were necessary to bring those individuals to that point in life where their dreams came true. There were countless hours of study, practice, and hands on preparation. They stayed on track with those dreams. They paid the price. They didn’t let their dreams die.
I am thinking about my own life and the hopes and dreams I have abandoned. This is a season for each of us to participate in the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of things we may have let die in our own lives.