Memorize Ephesians 2:6-7
From Thomas Weeks
I love the movie 8 Seconds, and I have probably seen it well over 100 times. I introduced Lindsey to this movie a few weeks ago, but something was different this time around. You see, there is this theme throughout the film about striving to get a father’s approval from a father that never wants to give it. In one of the scenes following Lane’s death, his father sits there grieving as he tries to recall if he had ever even told Lane that he loved him. I was a wreck, as I watched this scene unfold. I had seen this movie so many times and barely ever cried, why was it getting to me so bad this time? Then I realized, that all those times before, I had watched this movie from the son’s perspective. Only this time, I saw and felt elements that I never had before, as I watched from both the father’s and the son’s perspectives for the very first time.
The same thing happens with the truth of God’s word. We can believe these truths, but later realize that we never really grasped the full depth or far-reaching implications of these truths. I think this is what happened to Martha when her brother, Lazarus, died the first time. As Jesus is greeted by Martha in this story, He tells her that Lazarus will rise again. Martha responds, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” To which Jesus responds, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” I think the grieving sister certainly believed these truths about Jesus and the resurrection, but they hardly seemed relevant to her present circumstances. Then Jesus does the kind of thing that only He can and asserts his authority over death, present, past and future, by raising Lazarus from the dead.
I think we are all occasionally in Martha’s shoes; I know I am. We are confronted with death and cling to hope in a future resurrection, but somehow dismiss the fact that Christ has been raised from the dead and that we, ourselves, have died with Christ and have been raised with Him. Why is it so much easier to cling to a future resurrection than to see the power and beauty of the resurrection in the here and now? These verses in Ephesians say some pretty startling, even scandalous, things about who we are in Christ. God has done a thing, to bring us from death to life, raising us up with Christ and even seating us with the ascended Christ. And apparently our union with Christ is so deep that we can be here on earth and at the same time with Him in the heavenly places. Here and now we are with Him, forever we are with Him!
Let’s read this in faith and memorize this together.