There is a kind of reverse—or maybe I should say perverse—resurrection whereby we sometimes “bring back” that which is better left dead and buried: decaying desires, rotten self-righteousness (or its evil twin, self-loathing), resentments, all kinds of thoughts or attitudes that we once put to death. For whatever momentary satisfaction it may bring us, in times of weakness we indulge in thoughts that summon these old specters back to life. We greet them like old friends, embrace them, and when the pleasure of the reunion wears off and we step back to look at these old “friends,” we find ourselves feeling somewhat hollow, if not horrified for having held them.
Have you ever felt overpowered by your own spiritual weaknesses? In fact, many of us ascribe a tremendous amount of strength to our weaknesses, as though they were heavy, unbreakable chains that hold us in place. Do you see the irony? Yes, our weaknesses are real and we all have limitations, but weakness by definition is not powerful. In fact, one drop of blood can smash all of our chains. We don’t get that blood from beating ourselves up, either!
Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed His blood to free us from our sins. Just as the blood of the Passover Lamb delivered the children of Israel from death and caused Pharaoh to relinquish his hold on them, the blood of Jesus delivers us from death and slavery to sin. True, we can bring some of our old sins back into our lives, relive bad habits, bad attitudes and suffer consequences for them. But we can never give them the power they once had over us. Jesus broke that power at Calvary, and the proof is the empty tomb. Because He triumphed over death, nothing that is dirty or decayed or loathsome can ever control even a day of our destiny. We only imagine our weaknesses to be so terribly strong because our vision of God’s power is so terribly weak.
God has promised that power to you and me. Yes, the dead in Christ will one day be raised, even as Jesus, the firstfruits of the dead, was raised. But in the meantime, His resurrection power can breathe life into those things we may feel are gone forever. His Holy Spirit can continually renew us by bringing back to life hope, love, joy, purity, a part in His plans—all the things the devil would have us believe our weakness has destroyed.
Why believe the lie when we can trust the Resurrected Lamb? He is risen indeed, and His resurrection power is available to us every single day. Hallelujah!
Ruth Rosen edits this newsletter as well as our monthly e-letter, RealTime. She also helps write much of our evangelistic literature. You can sign up for RealTime here. You can read Ruth’s story and find links to some of her other writings here.
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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.