On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ They remembered His words.” (Luke 24:1-8 NIV)
He has risen! Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, has conquered death and has risen to life again! We are so blessed and fortunate to have a God that loves us this much that we now have a Mediator to pray and move mountains for us…. Jesus. When faced with living with chronic illness and pain, this Hope of all hopes, Jesus Christ may be what keeps our faith going.
God knew in this life things would be difficult. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus, God Incarnate has overcome the world. We now have a Savior who we can identify with. Jesus, yes, very God and yet very human, lived for us so that we would have someone to identify when life seems overbearing. No, we are not bigger than our ailments, but Jesus is. He has overcome the world, that includes our ailments. When we reach out to Him, He will strengthen and nourish our spirit and our soul so we may better cope with our chronic illness or pain we endure.
“….God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, The LORD is my Helper; I will not be afraid.” (Hebrews 13:5,6 NIV)
May you find the true meaning of Easter in your hearts today and carry it with you always.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kay DeCarlo, 46, Devotion Coordinator for Rest Ministries lives with her husband Joe, and two sweet dogs in beautiful Connnecticut. As a survivor of Hodgkin’s Disease and Congestive Heart Failure, Kay has never lost sight that God is bigger than any trial or circumstance she faces. She now struggles with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, Bipolar Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress.