Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died…(John 6:49)
All of us, at some point, are going to die. There is no avoiding this certain reality for all of us. However, there is one person who is not dead. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is alive and in His life, we too can live eternally.
Jesus goes before a crowd of people who are questioning who He is. They are divided among themselves about Him and some are not satisfied with His responses. Jesus implores them to eat of Him, and be satisfied with who He is. I don’t believe Jesus literally meant, eat my flesh and become a cannibal, but instead, take within yourselves my resurrection life. Eat of the joy of my presence and be found in the mercy of my love for you.
There’s something about Jesus we will never know until we taste of His resurrection life. Sadly, many Christians do not understand that in order to become like Him, we must taste of His death and wait with Him in the joy of resurrection. Sometimes, the dying of ourselves causes us grief and pain, but there is a new joy that awaits us if we are willing to sit with Jesus in the tomb, in anticipation of our resurrection day.
Some of us stay buried in the tomb because we live in fear. We believe the lie that says, “this is the end of what God had for you.” However, there is something new God is working out in all of us. It’s not a new job, a new house or even more children. It’s a new heart. Until we seek God in the tomb for a new heart found only in His love we’ll spend all our time searching for what we don’t have. We’ll lock up ourselves in the tomb until God gives us what we want. I know this to be true because I’ve done it myself.
When I wait with God in the tomb, I should wait with great anticipation. God is the restorer of all things stolen by sin. We need not despair of life but live with hope. The hope of joyful resurrection. When I learn to place myself at the mercy of God for a brand new day I can live in light of His resurrection life. His life-giving joy for a brand new day, knowing that in all things He is working together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.
Jesus, I trust you. I await with you in the tomb today, knowing that today is a brand new day to experience your resurrection life in me. Truly, you are a good, loving Savior. I can trust you. I have everything I need in you. You, Jesus, are the joy of my life. Be the beat of my heart, in Jesus name, Amen.