Last week Martha and I had the joy of skiing in Colorado with our older daughter and her family. Chris, Anna, Jake, and Chase were a delight to be with and fun to have as skiing partners.
We were blessed to get to stay in a friend’s house and enjoy a few days away.
It was Chase’s (a first grader) first time to ski. We kept telling him how much fun it would be and all the things we would do. Then we realized something important. Chase had no concept of what we were talking about.
Chase had never seen snow. He had never seen a mountain. How do you describe skiing at 11,000 feet when you are describing to a child who lives at 28 feet above sea level and has never seen a mountain? How do you describe getting up when the temperature is below zero and skiing at 10 degrees?
When you consider the difficulty we had, you can begin to understand how hard it was for the disciples of Jesus to understand that Jesus had come to die. No wonder Simon Peter rebuked Jesus. No wonder they had such a hard time understanding the divine necessity of Jesus’ death. Could they even begin to understand what He meant about being raised from the dead?
Yet, when the day of the resurrection came, their eyes were opened and they experienced the power of Christ’s resurrection. They moved from misunderstanding to understanding. They identified with Christ in His crucifixion and resurrection and experienced His power.
The wonderful news is that we have experienced the same power. With Paul we can affirm the power of God in our lives: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory in Christ Jesus the Lord.
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