Let The "Sonshine" In

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”

John 1:4

We just celebrated Easter this past Sunday but if you missed it don’t worry, we are going to be celebrating it again this Sunday and the next and the Sunday after that too. You see friend, Easter is what the Christian faith is all about. The apostle Paul put it like this in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”

Easter or the life of Jesus Christ has changed the whole world. Have you considered how the birth of Jesus is the center of our accounting of years? We divide our calendars into two parts, B.C. or “before Christ” and A.D. the Latin phrase “anno domini” which translated means “in the year of our Lord” or more commonly known as “after death”. Jesus Christ birth and death are how we account for life and for good reason as Jesus Himself said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus is the very reason the Gospel’s are called “Good News” because the life of Jesus is good news for the entire world once you understand why He was born, and why He died and rose again.

How could one man who only lived for 33 years in a remote little village in a tiny country and never traveled more than 60 miles away from home in His entire life make such an impact on the world? Though Jesus never wrote a book, are you aware that more books have been written about Him than any other person who has ever lived? When Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee after He began His public ministry it is reported that the crowds following Him were near 50,000 or more people. What was it about Jesus that attracted people from all walks of life to want to be around Him and to listen to Him teach? In a single word it was “LIFE”. Wherever Jesus is there is life. As the apostle John wrote, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).

When Jesus walked into a room the room became alive. When Jesus spoke others came to life simply by hearing His voice. When Jesus healed people you recall how He did, He simply spoke and it was as He said just like in the beginning when He created the heavens and earth. He spoke and it was. Everything about Jesus is life. Thats why He is the only one who could conquer sin and death. Not even death could hold Him down. Jesus still brings life everywhere He is. Is there an area of your life that seems dark today? Invite God in knowing wherever He is He shines the light of His life upon it. Yes, loved one, Jesus is the resurrection and the life for a reason. Jesus is synonymous with life. He could speak life to a withered hand as easily as He could a dead tree and bring it to life simply by speaking to it. Let God’s Word speak to those areas of your life that are lacking, that seem dead and lifeless.

The resurrection is about living not dying, about restoration not deterioration. When Jesus walked into a room 2000 years ago He brought life and He is still doing the same thing today. Don’t take my word for it, take Jesus at His word. Listen to the words of Jesus Himself and experience life for yourself when you answer the door of your own heart. Let the “Sonshine” in and see how Jesus brings light to your life.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”

Revelation 3:20


Michael Osthimer





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