What a JOY to be a people full of LIFE because Jesus destroyed death. Christians can sometimes paint a dismal picture of life as a Christ-follower: continual shame, guilt, lots of “don’t do that”s, deprivation, loss of freedom. But those things I just listed are not the life God has for us.
I am freed from the captivity of my sin. Isaiah 61:1b, 3, “He has sent me [Jesus] to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” [emphasis mine]
Through this past season of Lent, I’ve done a few things to be preparing myself for Easter and I’ve also been studying Isaiah through BSF. One thing has especially been impressed upon me this past week. God’s love is extravagant.
Our future is full of promise. We’re not only saved, but we are co-heirs with Christ. Revelation 22:1-5,
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.”