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Practice Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a one-time event, with eternal impacts. As a one-time event, Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and raised to life to save us from our sins. These are facts, but it’s not a one-time ascent to facts that we are called to.
The resurrection of Jesus has eternal impacts. It doesn’t compute that God would so love the world that He sent His one and only Son (John 3:16), but He did. And yet we get out of practice in our Christian walk. We forget about the stunning reality of the resurrection and its breathtaking beauty. The living out of the resurrection needs practice in our lives. We are changed because of it.
Author Wendell Berry, says it this way:
“So, friends, every day do something 
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing... 
Love someone who does not deserve it...
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias...
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts...
Practice resurrection.”
Practice resurrection. Jesus work was fully completed, make no mistake. It doesn’t need “practice” in that sense. But as His ambassadors on earth (2 Cor. 5:20), we have a role to play in representing His renewal and new life here on earth. May it be so in us.

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It's Not Fair

As children, a frequent battle cry was “It’s not fair!” As we grew up, we realized truer words were never spoken. Life isn’t “fair.” One person is diagnosed with cancer, someone else wins the lottery. Someone gets engaged, another divorces. A daughter fights addiction to alcohol, a son gets bullied in school, a baby is born with birth defects. One person seems to get all the breaks, another has a continuous loop of trouble. As kids, we were right: It isn’t fair.

Jesus lived the ultimate “it’s not fair.” He was the perfect, sinless Son of God. And yet … “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:3-6).

Let’s weigh this on the scales of “fair.” How would we fare? Let’s see … we give up our transgressions and iniquities; we take peace and healing. Jesus takes the piercing, crushing, chastisement, and the wounds. It’s not fair.

Praise God that we don’t get what we deserve. The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23) and since all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23), that’s what we deserve. Praise God that “it’s not fair.” Thank you, Jesus.

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