What is the greatest gift you have ever received?
There could be quite a few answers to a question like that; for me, the greatest gift I’ve ever received can be summed up in this picture…
This picture is called “The Resurrection”
There are others that have the same idea behind them…
You might think that these really don’t look like the resurrection pictures you’re used to, they usually look more like this:
There is one major difference between the first three and this last one: The last picture is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the first three are the resurrection of ME and YOU!
OK, in all four of them, the artist is giving his guess of what it would look like, so I wouldn’t claim that the scene will match exactly… not that I really care. The fact of the resurrection (of those of us in Christ) is the point here. The day is coming when all of us who are in Christ will arise from the dead to live with Him for eternity.
Now you’d think that this certain knowledge would have more of an effect in the Christian life than it does, wouldn’t you?
Most of us struggle through life full of worries and stress; we get all caught up in the stuff of this world… jobs, our boss, the kids, the bills, the house and all the rest. A friend of mine put it best in a seminar when he said,
“Have you ever looked up at the stars on a clear night in the country? There are millions of them; more than we can count, and every one of them is as big as our sun. Just imagine the vastness of God’s creation: it literally defies comprehension… and yet most of us go through life worrying about what others think of us.”
Just consider the wonders of God’s creation:
How can we not be affected by its awesomeness?
Now consider the gift of eternal life… if God can make the heavens and the earth, then why would we have a problem with eternal life? When we accepted Christ, we inherited the gift of eternal life. With this gift, we have the certainty that just as Jesus Himself rose from the grave, so shall you and I…
Don’t life’s headaches seem a whole lot less significant?