E100 Devotion – Day 69

July 13, 2012

Reading: John 20:1-21:25

Mary Magdalene stayed home when Jesus arrived 4 days after her brother Lazarus died. Her sister Martha went ahead to meet Jesus. This time, after the resurrection of her brother, Mary goes to see the one called “Resurrection.” Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” when He raised her brother from the dead.

After experiencing the resurrection power with Lazarus, Mary learned to look for it in her walk with the Lord. Not finding Jesus there, though others went home, she stayed and wept. Maybe Mary wondered how there could be a resurrection if they had already taken the body of Lazarus.

She had seen the resurrection and yet not known it until Jesus called her by name. We must know God and be known by God to recognize and experience His resurrection power. Was it a coincidence that Mary was the first to see Jesus resurrected – or was it because she continued to look?

Do you look for resurrections in your life or does your pursuit end when you can’t prevent death? The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you! Only when we let our old life die can we experience the new resurrected one that’s ours in Christ. Only when we let our losses, regrets and failures go can we find new resurrected opportunities and victories that rise up from them.

There is but one qualification for resurrection – death! One must experience the cross before they can experience the resurrection. We only experience the resurrection to the degree that we experience death. We must die to ourselves in order to live for our Lord. The flesh life must be conquered by the Spirit life; the cross is the intersection where that happens.

Jesus ascended into heaven as our High Priest to make not just atonement, but complete remission of our sins. Then He returned to prepare His disciples and give them marching orders that started with waiting until they also experienced Holy Spirit resurrection power to preach the Gospel.

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