Behind the Music
For the last couple of weeks, we have been getting our feet wet in the hope of the resurrection from Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth. This past week, Pastor Mike Augsburger challenged us to fight our sin by seeing Jesus as the victor rather than the victim. Too often we disconnect the cross from the resurrection which leaves us thinking that we need to pay God back because of the suffering Christ experienced. However, understanding that our debt was FULLY paid with Jesus' death and victorious resurrection leads us to live righteous lives because Christ has imputed his righteousness on us. If we have believed in the exchange that has taken place, we are not who we used to be.
Below is a story from a song that we will sing this Sunday. It resonates fully with living in light of the resurrection and in the reality that you are no longer under the slave of your sin. Gloria Gaither writes:
I am a wife and a mother. It was in the middle of the upheaval in the sixties that we were expecting our third baby. The drug culture was in full swing, existential thought had obviously saturated every area of our American thought, the cities were seething with racial tension, and the God-is-dead pronouncement had giggled its way all through our educational system.
On the personal front, Bill and I were going through one of the most difficult times in our lives. Bill had been discouraged and physically exhausted by a bout with mononucleosis, and in that weakened condition had little reserve to fight the psychological battle brought on by some external family problems. Someone whom we had cared about a great deal had hurled some accusations at us and at the Fellowship of Believers and at the whole idea of the existence of God.
It was on New Year’s Eve that I sat alone in the darkness and quiet of our living room, thinking about the world and our country and Bill’s discouragement and the family problems—and about our baby yet unborn. Who in their right mind would bring a child into a world like this? I thought, The world is so evil. Influences beyond our control are so strong. What will happen to this child?
I can’t quite explain what happened at that moment, but suddenly I felt released from it all. The panic that had begun to build inside was gently dispelled by a reassuring presence that engulfed my life and drew my attention.
Gradually, the fear left and the joy began to return. I knew I could have that baby and face the future with optimism and trust. It was the Resurrection affirming itself in our lives once again. It was LIFE conquering death in the regularity of my day.
—Gloria Gaither - (This story above originally published here)
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