“Cause I’ll Rise Again”

This past Saturday, as I was on the platform of the beautiful Livingston Seventh-day Adventist Church, located on the suburbs of the city of Albany, just as I was praying in my head, and right before I got up to speak there was a song that lifted my spirit and brought me a refreshed sense of hope.  Tomas, a member of the congregation and a friend, sang “I’ll Rise Again” a song that describes some of the thoughts that could have gone through Jesus’ mind, as He was being mocked, spitted on, and crucified.

As Tomas sang the refrain over, 

“Cause I’ll rise again. 
There’s no pow’r on earth can tie Me down. 
Yes, I’ll rise again, 
Death can’t keep Me in the ground.”

I was invigorated by the insight of what must have been going through Jesus’ head during those terrible moments. These lyrics correspond accurately with what actually happened. As He was being falsely accused and mistreated, Jesus was given the opportunity to speak on His own defense: 

“…Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:64)

As Jesus went through the worst moments of His life, filled with betrayal, humiliation, abuse, and cruelty there was a thought that helped him to keep His sanity and purpose.  He kept on thinking of a better day.  He thought of a glorious moment.  He reminded himself that He would be down, but only temporarily.  His faith stayed fixed on the fact that He would rise again, that no power could keep Him down, and that death could not hold Him in the ground.

How about you?  What do you do when mistreated, abused, falsely accused, and humiliated?  What are your thoughts when you are down? Do you easily give up when life’s unfairness knocks you down?

Today, I would like to encourage you to do what Jesus did as you go through your bad moments. Think of a better day, this is only temporary, stay positive, as long as God is with you and you are with Him, there is no power on earth that can keep you down. You’ll rise again and that will be glorious.  

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for giving me a great example of what to do on down days. I thank you because you rose again and earned that right for me. Thank you for the promise of the better day, not only here and now, but there and then. With your blessing, I know, nothing and no one can keep me down.  AMEN.