Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I am Shaken!

The gospel writers tell us a great deal about that first Easter, but Matthew tells us something a little bit different that I believe is significant for our lives. What is significant in his story? It is these words: "Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached [the tomb]. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it" (Matt. 28:2). Easter is an earthquake with a stone rolled away from the tomb and a dead person walking the streets, with an angel sitting on a now useless stone. It was at the least a major shake up. Easter is an earthquake that shook the whole world. It got everyone's attention that first Sunday morning, but has it captured much of your attention?

We allow many stones to seal up our lives and to keep us from being all that God intended us to be. We get our lives sealed up with pride, greed, self-centeredness, blame, guilt, victimization, pain, hurt, and sinful practices. We allow our lives to be sealed off from productive relationships with others around us and from a growing relationship with God. It could all change this Easter for you. The same power that allowed Jesus to rise from the dead is the same power available to your life right now! If you will humble yourself before God, lay out these issues before Him, then He will shake up your life, roll these stones away, and your life will be set free! Easter needs to capture your attention this year!