by Sally Matheny
|Christ's Resurrection: Deny It or Apply It|
These are the decisions people make around this time of year. They can even choose a combination. I’m pretty sure you cannot go wrong with chocolate—ever. Okay, maybe in quantity consumed, but as far as the choice of thickness, then no. Furthermore, combining hollow, solid, and even crispy chocolates are okay.
Not everything has to be an either/or selection.
However, some things in life demand a solid stance on one side or another.
Easter is drawing near. It’s more than a celebration of spring and new life. It’s a time to commemorate Christ’s resurrection. Will we deny it or apply it?
One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, provides us with a testimony of Easter reminders to help us decide.
Easter reminds Christians to have faith—even in the midst of chaos.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Peter, a disciple of Jesus, loved Him. He swore his allegiance to Him. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden, Peter drew his sword. Heart beating wildly in his chest, he tested his courage by swinging his sword toward the high priest’s servant.
Jesus rebuked him and ordered him to put away his sword. Confusion silently crept in Peter as he watched Jesus relinquish to the guards.
Following Jesus at a distance, Peter’s mind must have been whirling.
Why doesn’t Jesus change the situation as He has done before? He’s quieted a raging storm, supplied for many out of practically nothing, and even brought the dead back to life. Why does He not take charge of this chaos?
Suddenly, the unthinkable happened. Everything seemed out of control. If his Lord was bound and beaten, Peter must’ve been wondering what could possibly happen next. What would become of him? Had Jesus lost His power? The enemy ensnared Peter in a tsunami of fear.