Over the last weekend, we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, it was wonderful to commemorate these occasions with the body of Christ. The sky went dark on Friday. When the world thought all was lost, Sunday arrived, and Hallelujah, He’s ALIVE! Our Saviour rose from the dead and back to life! The redemption of you and me was completed. Jesus reigns on His throne, and we, the church, can now arise! This isn’t just one of the stories we hear about Jesus; This is the truth about Jesus that we are a part of too! Christ’s redemptive and resurrection power is ours too. He can redeem, revive, and restore our brokenness – our hearts, health, lives, relationships, homes, and destinies!
Are you broken today? Is there anything in your life that you need restoration in? Don’t lose your last strand of hope just yet, it is not the end. Have you ever wondered why Jesus was resurrected on the third day rather than immediately or on the next day of his death? No one quite understands why. But precisely because Jesus was raised from the dead only days later, we know His resurrection can only be by God’s power! Man can’t revive anyone who has been dead for days. Indeed, everything is possible with God!
Likewise, you might not know when you will see a “resurrection” breakthrough. You may have been waiting for some time now. Some of you have already given up hope for the Lord to move on your behalf. Your situation seems beyond hope. You wonder if God has deserted you. You think God doesn’t care. To doubt God’s love and divine power is to resign ourselves to the Enemy’s ploy. Satan desires to kill, steal, and destroy. Our Lord has prepared eternal life for us to enjoy to the fullest! When we align ourselves with His provision of abundant life, we can expect to see the restoration power of God taking place.
Jesus’ body wasn’t there when the women looked for Him at the tomb. Later, Jesus met the women elsewhere while they were on their way to meet the disciples. Some of us are like the women at the tomb. We are seeking the living amongst the dead. We expect to meet God at the old tomb when He has already prepared another place and is waiting to meet us. It’s time to step out of the tomb!
That is indeed the beauty and wonder of Christ’s resurrection! He makes all things beautiful in His time. Despite the impossible challenges you are going through this season, it is important to persevere in hope and wait patiently for the Lord. Hold on to faith and trust in the restoration work of our Lord! And when we finally meet God, our encounter with Him will forever change us.
We hope that Christ’s redemptive and resurrection power will propel you to live a victorious life, free from the shackles of sin and Satan! It does not mean that your life will be perfect without any hardships. Instead, we pray that you will live a yielded and surrendered life to God, who empowers you to overcome everything!
Monday: Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Tuesday: Zechariah 10:1
Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.
Wednesday: Job 42:10
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Thursday: Isaiah 49:8
Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages,
Friday: Psalm 23:3
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Saturday: Psalm 80:3
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Sunday: Lamentations 5:21
Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old—
All scriptures are quoted from the English Standard Version (ESV).
By Pastor Pacer Tan and Katherine Han