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Resurrections and Crucifixions

When you think about Easter, it’s all about the resurrection.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, you probably know the story: Jesus dies and three days later rises from the dead.

It’s a beautiful story of a resurrection.

One of the things I’ve always loved about the Christian faith is the idea of renewal.

The idea of a fresh start.

The idea of getting another chance to begin again.

That’s a really powerful thought.

I’ve heard pastors say God specializes in resurrections.

It doesn’t matter how broken you are, how many mistakes you’ve made or who you were yesterday, because the moment you believe, everything changes.

However, I wanted to talk more about crucifixions.

There can be no resurrection without the crucifixion.

We often forget that part of the story.

We don’t think about the part where something has to die for it to be reborn.

It’s the resurrection that everybody loves – that’s the story people want to tell.

But it’s the hard work, the pain and the faith of the crucifixion that makes the resurrection possible.

Often in life when we experience pain, setbacks, defeats and tragedies, we say, “God, why are you doing this to me?”

Yet, if you’re a Christian, God allowed his own son to experience humiliation, torture and death.

Why did he do that? Is it because he didn’t love his son?

No. It’s because he specializes in resurrections.

It’s also because he knows how the story will end.

The same thing can be true for me, for you and for all of us.

Sometimes there are things we have to kill off in our lives for something new to replace it.

My question to you is: What’s that thing you must kill off?

What’s the bad habit that needs to die?

Is it that negative relationship that needs to go away?

What’s that poor choice you’re making over and over again even though you want something new?

You want the resurrection. We all do.

But you can’t have the resurrection until you have the crucifixion.

That’s a powerful thought: What do I need to stop doing?

What do I need to eliminate?

What in my life isn’t serving me that needs to die so I can replace it with a better story with a better ending, with a better version of me?

What’s the crucifixion you have to endure?

None of us are above having to experience or go through crucifixions from time to time.

I hope these thoughts encourage you today.

One Response

  1. VIVEKANANDAN says:

    great eye opening article.Thank you very much.
    With regards

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