(Melissa Gabler) – It’s interesting how we’ve had a zombie craze over the last 8 years. Hmmm, the virus exposed itself! We are surrounded by the broken that are driven by a poisoned inoculation. Here’s the beauty, we have the antidote! So, “Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character]; for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for it is light that makes everything visible. For this reason He says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.’” (Ephesians 5:11-14 AMP)
As the people of God assemble today may they fix their eyes on Jesus who endured the cross, despised the shame and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. May they know that Jesus rose from the dead because there was more to come. “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb.12:1-2, NAU)
“JESUS did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil, He conquered through it.” (Quote found in my notes)
”… I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).(Rev.1:18, Amp)
As surely as the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was a guarantee, just so, the resurrection that is “IN JESUS” is working in believers. The resurrection is “in” JESUS. If He is able to rise from the dead by that resurrection power that is in Him and if He is able to raise us up from the dead, wouldn’t it follow that He is able to raise up in us now those God-given promises and dreams that have become buried under the passing of time and the pressing of unrelenting circumstances? The religious experts promoting lifeless religion were “greatly disturbed because [the apostles] were teaching the people and proclaiming IN JESUS the resurrection from the dead.” (Acts 4:2, NASB) Those religious spirits were “thoroughly pained” because the truth and reality of the resurrection IN JESUS was the power of redemptive demonstration: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33, KJV; Acts 4:13 “unlearned men” with resurrection power in them) Resurrection power points to the Person of JESUS, not to religious tenets and their officious practitioners.
As the people of God assemble today may they fix their eyes on Jesus who endured the cross, despised the shame and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. May they know that Jesus rose from the dead because there was more to come.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb.12:1-2, NAU)
Why were dead people walking about in the streets of Jerusalem? “The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matt 27:52-53, NAU) Because of Jesus the answer is in Heb.11:13—“All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” They were awaiting their resurrection. They had already received the promise of resurrection, they had already lifted their eyes and not even death could erase what they had seen.
In this year of “resurrection out of contradiction,” I look at our nation’s situation and cannot ignore the need to take action and participate with God in this resurrection. Pinpointing contradictions is probably the first challenge. In the course of a day, we can hear a statement in passing that threatens our whole nation or run into the panic of a fast-moving virus or get caught up in economic predictions that smother hope or we might witness an incident that robs us of peace and security. The list is endless and unique to each of us, yet the bombardment is common to all of us. If we fail to disagree through word or deed when evil or malice is exposed, we tolerate a non-God influence in the atmosphere instead of taking it down.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Contradicting Contradictions“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)