Keepin’ Things Real: He Got Up - So You Can!April 16, 2015
Have you ever watched a fight scene on television? Two guys are duking it out over something that tomorrow won't even matter. One guy takes a hit to the chin and then hits the ground. He gets up and begins to fight again. Then, he gets punched again! Down he goes. He comes up a little slower than before, only to be hit again. As the frequency of the hits grow closer together, the ability to get back up lessens with every punch. Finally, the guy takes his last hit, losing all energy to get back up again.
Ever been knocked to your knees by an event that threatened to keep you there forever? Ever walked around on your knees without even knowing it? Consumed by the event, you walk on your knees in pain, because you never could find a way to get back up? Or you didn't even know you were walking on your knees because you have been wounded so long? Ever gotten back up only to be hit again, and again, and again until you just have no desire or strength to get back up and keep fighting? I know I sure have.
Read this story of Jesus found in Matthew 8:23-27
Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”
Maybe you find yourself being tossed all over the place by the storms of life. Maybe you are afraid of what is going on around you, and maybe you feel that God has fallen asleep on you. Know this, Jesus is well aware of what is going on and He can be trusted. He will get up for you, just as He got up for the disciples.
As we have just come through Easter, we heard so many talk about Good Friday. I used to hate that it was called "good" when, to me, the crucifixion of Jesus was anything but "good". But what makes it "good" is not that Jesus was knocked down, but that He got up.
"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said." Matthew 28:5-6
Jesus got up. You can too.
You may have fallen big time in your life. You may have taken plenty of punches....some even self-inflicted. But you need to know today that it is not always how you fall, but rather how you get up. And the only way you will get up is by knowing personally the One who got up. Jesus Christ, the One who took your place and paid the price for sin that you could not pay, got up. He rose again so that you could get up too. He is the only One who has the power to get back up and He is the only One who can grace you with that same power to get up too.
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