April 17th, 2017 – Devote

So, this what we refer to as Easter Monday. It’s the day after the grand celebration of Jesus resurrection. Yesterday was a powerful day in the life of each Christian. I pray you took it all in and you yourself checked out the empty tomb for yourself, not just got the news second hand. So, what’s changed? Anything? Are you living higher than yesterday or are you right back to where you were on Friday? Are you excited about living this resurrected, powerful life, or are you totally wore out from all the activities of the weekend?

Those thoughts pounded my mind as I read the last chapter of Deuteronomy, chapter 34. In this last chapter, Moses dies. The great prophet, deliverer, leader, breathes his last. Before he dies, God allows him to climb the highest peak of a mountain, at the age of 120 no less, to see all the land God promised to the people of Israel. It’s then God says to Moses…
“‘I have let you see it, but you will not cross the Jordan and go in.’ And so, Moses the LORD’s servant died there in Moab, just as the LORD had said.” Deuteronomy 34:4-5 CEV

Of course my first thought is, “How unfair!” Moses slipped up one time and because of that wasn’t allowed to take the last step with these people after 40 years. For 40 years, these people were a thorn in his backside, always complaining and griping, and he doesn’t even get to finish the journey.  But, interestingly, you don’t hear Moses complaining. It’s as if he fine with it – actually more than fine with it – he’s ready for it. He welcomes its.

That’s what I would call living a resurrected life. Moses knew that it didn’t matter how long he prolonged the long walk up the mountain, it wasn’t going to change the situation. He knew that once he got to the top, the ultimate in life was going to happen, and it wasn’t about him dying. The ultimate in life was knowing he was going to start really living. Living in the presence of God forever. Living with the One he spent huge amounts of time with, but never all the time. Now he would never be separated from the Lover of his soul. Never again would he have to stand in the cloud and just listen to the Voice. Now he would be face-to-face with His Maker, forever.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: It’s so easy to give up, get tired, be frustrated, lose hope. But I’m here today to tell you – Jesus is alive. Live like it! When the enemy wants you to quit, get your faith on – look at him square in the eye and tell him, “I’m not here to lose today!” Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!

Father,
Thank You for life – life now and life forever. I’m free in Jesus name and now I want to live like it. Jesus, in Your name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen