Skin Deep: Skin to Skin-Friday
Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.”
Because Jesus died, we have life. Remember that line from the end of yesterday’s devo? It’s the most important line you’ve read all week long. Death to life.
My friend’s daughter tried out for her school’s volleyball team. Team tryouts might be the most stressful process in the world. The night after the last tryout, she found out she made the team! Celebration commenced until an hour later when the coach called and revealed she’d made a mistake and his daughter did not make the team. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. The next day, the coach discovered she’d made another mistake and that his daughter actually did make the team! Joy returned! Forget that I need to come along side of this coach to offer some organizational help. The reality is, for this middle school girl, she went from life, to death, and back to life all in the matter of a day!
Middle school volleyball is not life and death. But for the Disciple's, life and death WAS life and death. They’d seen Jesus heal the physically hopeless, forgive sin, cast out demons, and raise the dead back to life. They’d experienced life. And then they watched Jesus be crucified - something that was impossible for the Messiah. Life to death.
On Easter, they found the empty tomb and the risen Lord. Life to death and back to life. The Messiah did die, but He overcame death in the ultimate act of power.
The same power that raised Jesus to life is available to us. Catch that - that exact same power is available to you. We too can move from death to life and that’s what Easter is all about.
On Easter Sunday, we’re having a big baptism service on each campus. If you’ve not moved from death to life, don’t put it off. Step down into the water and discover the life God has for you. If you are interested in getting baptized on Easter Sunday, contact Laura McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you set up.