How easily we can fool ourselves into thinking we are free, while we live unaware of those invisible chains which still have a hold on us. We can be captured and captivated by the things of this world, enslaved by our own drives and desires, held captive by guilt, shame and pain. But we try to hide away from the anguish it brings.
Jesus offers us a remedy for a life of slavery to self and to sin, and hope for a need to be set free. His blood, His love, His goodness and grace all pave the way to an eternal destiny where freedom beckons with an invitation, whereby bending, bowing and brokenness are the means of entry.
Will we come? Will we heed the risen Saviour’s voice calling out across the sands of time? Will we seek to be loosed, like Lazarus, from physical and spiritual death?
Once a soul has been given to God, it will never be the same again. He will gradually, gently take and break, mould and make us anew, shaping us oh so tenderly into all we were always intended to be.
Lazarus became loosed from death
precursor to the cross to come
where death would lose
its final sting, and Christ
would rise soon from the tomb
A strange unravelling,unwinding of
bandaged limbs held fast in waxy cold
confines of morbidity, where life was lost
A warming, rushing pulse of life-breath
flooding through instead, as colour returns
and rigor mortis turns back to vigorous
And death’s steely-grip chains break at last
as our Saviour reveals The Way to be free
Now we have Hope and Life anew, as we
limp through our own resurrection days
blinking in unaccustomed Sun’s rays
We teeter on the edge, where death
lies as sinking abyss, yet across
its depths Christ’s firm footsteps tread
His arms spread wide to bring us Home
to eternal Life spent by his side
And once we have heeded the call to die to self so that we can rise to newness of life in Christ, we discover how, little by little, with Holy Spirit’s help, those things we were addicted to, or which held us fast, are slowly loosed.
An unravelling begins, as we become more alive on the inside, our hearts softened by God’s love, our souls more receptive and ready to be changed. Day by day, Christ’s resurrection glory and joy begin to overcome the darkness within. We are free… We can breathe… We can begin again…. Easter resurrection hope and joy is ours for eternity. Christ is risen indeed, hallelujah!!
Happy Easter, dear friend! May you rejoice in the glorious Hope we have in Christ. 🙂 ❤