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This Sunday morning, May 3 we return to our study of the book of Deuteronomy. For the Easter season we left Deuteronomy to join Jesus as He resolutely set out on the road to Jerusalem, to the cross, and to death. That journey reoriented me, reminding me from Scripture of the bravery, determination, courage, and heroism of Jesus. Both verbal and visual depictions of a tender Jesus with flowing robes, cascading hair, gentle eyes, and delicate arms encircling a little lamb can cause all of us to think of Jesus as weak and passive. He is loving, gentle, and compassionate in His dealings with sinners like you and me. But He isn’t just those things. We were reminded on the journey to Jerusalem that our Savior was a real man, a true hero. Strong. Tough. Of course He was. He had to be. Who but the bravest could die for the sins of the world?
Our Easter celebration reminded us once again of the tremendous power of God: resurrection power, power over sin and death and hell. As the hymn majestically communicates to us, Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes… The resurrection is everything. “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either…But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” I Corinthians 15:15ff. The resurrection is everything. It is for every place in our world. As far as the curse of sin is found in our world–which is everywhere, that is a place for the Gospel to be proclaimed with resurrection power. To every kind of person in this world broken by sin–which is every person, that is the person to whom we should proclaim the Gospel with resurrection power.
With these truths in mind, I am eager to return to the book of Deuteronomy. In this book, God tells His people how they are to live in the Promised Land (the land in which He is about to place them), how they can thrive and prosper there, how they can do more than merely exist and get by, and how they can be a blessing to others around them. All these things are what we as God’s people should seek to do in our lives. We do not seek lives of meagerness, but lives of abundance. With all our hearts we should seek to be a blessing to the land in which God has placed us and our church.
So, with resurrection power at work in us, we return to Deuteronomy. I look forward to seeing what kind of people God has called us to be and what God has called us to do, and then resolutely setting our faces to be those kinds of people and do those kinds of things.