The Age of Undoing

by Apr 14, 2017Easy and Light

The Age of Undoing

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)

Since the birth of my first child almost two years ago, the rapid pace of change in her little person has continually amazed me. I have enjoyed choosing names to commemorate the different stages as she grows, such as the “Age of Discovery” and the “Age of Exploration.” Alas, these were stages of babyhood. Now… well, we have entered toddlerhood and the infamous “Age of Undoing.” Admittedly, this title reflects my perspective more than that of my jolly, inquisitive daughter, for it seems these days that her sole aim is to “undo” whatever I do. A dropped (or thrown!) bowl of yogurt on the just mopped kitchen floor-job undone. That meticulously folded laundry now strewn across the house-task undone. That email just about ready to send-what key did she hit to erase it all?!?-undone. Even her bath and freshly combed hair, thanks to an unfortunate bedtime snack-undone. When my selfish agenda is left unfulfilled-or completely reversed, I am tempted to exaggerate, exasperate, and feel completely undone myself. Yet, in these humbling moments, I am reminded of a far, far greater undoing.
Dear Lord, Thank you for dying on the cross and rising again for us! May we never forget your victory over death, the joy and hope of our salvation! We thank You and praise You!

On the first Good Friday, I imagine Jesus’ disciples felt their plans, lives, and faith were coming undone as they watched their Messiah and Teacher undergo arrest, beatings, unjust sentencing, and crucifixion. Only a few days earlier, they had likely gloried in His entry into the city and seemed eager to follow Him no matter the cost. They did not realize, however, what actually lay ahead, and as they scattered and watched Him suffer and die, it must have seemed that everything was unraveling, that all their convictions, hopes, and sacrifices from the past years of following Jesus were being utterly undone.

However, what they could not yet see and what I too often forget, is that Jesus was experiencing the greatest undoing ever known-one of complete humility, obedience, and surrender to the will of the Father as He temporarily laid aside His rightful position as God’s Son to bear the sin of the world. And then, three dark days later, death itself would be undone as Jesus returned resurrected from the dead, full of God’s glory and power, offering victory over death to all who would believe! This, dear friends, is an undoing in which we can all rejoice!

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