Because He is Risen

by Andy Wood on March 19, 2008

in Five LV Laws,Principle of Eternity

He puts smiles on the faces of little boys.
He sprinkles sweetness on little girls.
He gives dignity to solemn vows, and sacredness to relationships.
He brings purpose and satisfaction to the striving and seeking of your life.
And it is this life of Jesus that brings healing and peace into the broken life.
I live – I live – because He is risen.

Those words, from a musical titled “Living Witnesses,” profoundly impacted my life more than 30 years ago. So much so that we had them printed on the cover of our wedding brochure in 1983. And on this week in which all over the world we pay attention to the fact that Jesus lives, I find myself thinking of them again. Read them again, slowly. Deeply.

He puts smiles on the faces of little boys.
He sprinkles sweetness on little girls.

The resurrection of Jesus gives new meaning to the fact that we are created in God’s image. Make no mistake about it: sometimes the “sweetness of little girls” is a come-on, and the “smiles on the faces of little boys” are outright mischief. But the fact that Jesus lives makes it possible that on a fundamental level, human nature can be raised from the dead. His life is a force to be reckoned with, but is so available, even a five-year-old can get it.

He gives dignity to solemn vows…

Show me a person making some sort of promise, I’ll show you a liar in the making. I’m not being cynical. It’s just so. The honest truth is, we have no power to back up our random promises, much less our “solemn vows.” But Jesus does. And His living power brings life to your promises.

…and sacredness to relationships.

Maybe this is the greatest earthly impact of all. We live in a world in which husbands and wives are cheap and replaceable. Babies are disposable. Friendships are virtual; fellowship is ritual. But the resurrection of Jesus floods human lives with a new sense of awe and wonder that somewhere, someone can see us as we are and love us anyway. Suddenly, with a living Christ, relationships matter again.

He brings purpose and satisfaction to the striving and seeking of your life.

I made the uncomfortable discovery this week that the same things I was pursuing in seventh grade are just as present in my life today. I want to be liked, to be popular, to be successful at something. But so much of that is chasing after the wind, as Solomon learned. So what’s the alternative? A living Christ, who offers a purpose that transcends popular opinion, hipness, work, and success. Because He lives, I can find real satisfaction and meaning, even without my adolescent dreams coming true.

And it is this life of Jesus that brings healing and peace into the broken life.

Broken lives. Now there’s something I know a little about. I know how to make a mess out of mine, and I have seen others who made an even bigger mess out of theirs. But you know what I’ve discovered? That while Jesus did die for my sins, He also lives beyond my sins. Translation: My screwups didn’t roll the stone back in front of Jesus’ grave. His life brings peace to that floating brokenness that still lingers, still accuses, still haunts at times.

I live – I live – because He is risen.

You can, too.

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Terry Richardson March 19, 2008 at 7:37 am

So many good thoughts, Andy, that I had to read it slowly and repeatedly. I’ve seen the pain of divorce several times in my extended family lately, and, your comments on that are on the mark. I appreciate very much your honesty and gift of expression. When we all get to heaven, can Judy and I live in your neighborhood? :-)

Andy Wood March 19, 2008 at 7:43 am

Hmmm. Might make your property value go down (if what’s possible in heaven!).

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