“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:17
Deep into Lent and it’s hard to believe that Easter is coming. Like the cold hard earth, my heart feels hidden and unyielding. The promise of resurrection seems as far away as warm air and daffodils.
It is here in the cold hard places that we really begin to understand what it means to overcome the grave. We, who can barely overcome the stack of mail, or the laundry, or tonight’s dinner, overcome the grave? Our sin? Impossible. We need a Savior.
A Savior. Someone to rescue us from our bent to sin; which bends and twists us as we relent until we are unrecognizable, even to ourselves. Someone to grab us from the cliff we are stumbling over in a vain attempt to escape God’s love. Someone to dig us out of our graves, break through our boxes, and unwrap the stink of death from us. A Savior.
Broken. Broken. Broken. We are broken.
Breaking. Breaking. Breaking. He is breaking.
Open. Open. Open. The grave is open.
And this is a gift, the gift of God Himself blessed, broken, and given away to a starving, lost, and dying world. Life itself offered to all for the taking. It’s not for sale. It can’t be bought. You can’t do enough. It’s a gift.
Given. Given. Given. The gift of life is given.
Jesus, who suffered to heal us, who died to save us, who rose to conquer death and give us new life – His life – is offering it to us without price.
The seal of sin and death is broken.
The way is open.
Time to spring.
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