Made like Him, like Him we rise

The words to an all-too-familiar hymn rocked my thinking yesterday morning. As we sang “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” with organ, full choir, praise team and orchestra, we hit the final verse, and the words stopped me, “Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!”

I don’t know how many times since my childhood I’ve sung that song. But this hymn isn’t just about us going to Heaven someday, neat & tidy. It’s about US doing earthly good so others can see Heaven, too. 

Because Christ rose from the grave we have the power of His Holy Spirit abiding in us to do great things for Him. 

The resurrection gives us new access to be close with God, to have his Spirit inside us. 

Because Jesus rose from the dead we know he’s greater than any fear or burden. Because Jesus rose from the dead we know he can heal diseases, cast out demons, or calm any storm in our hearts. Because Jesus rose from the dead we know he can cure depression, force anxiety to flee, lift the pain from a loss… Give us hope, joy… A reason to live.

His love gave us direct access to Him.  To rise {like He did} out of affliction.

“Because we’re made like Him- like Him we can rise- alleluia. Because of this- OURS is the cross- the GRAVE- the skies. Alleluia!”

Don’t let your life get so loud you forget that SAME power that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside you!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!”

Walk in that. Rejoice in that.