From death to life …

“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 The Message

What does it look like at the end of your rope? Every man or woman has to “let go” of the rope in order to “take hold” of the life that Jesus offers freely by faith. You have to let go of that life. Every life that “takes hold” is different and in one moment the same: Jesus becomes the true life in that man .. that woman .. in you. The Gospel-writers give us a picture of no life being outside the reach of Jesus’ incomparable power: an untouchable leper feels Jesus hands where nerve endings had died .. common water-pots-turned-wine-decanters save a wedding celebration from social disgrace .. a brash-self-centered-fisherman-turned-Messiah-denier is changed over a beach breakfast .. an adulterous woman lays exposed in front of everyone only to find this Jesus adore her with the words: “Does no one condemn you? Neither do I..” .. a blind man sees .. a paralyzed man gets up .. a crazy-demon-filled man finds peace in all the darkness that once controlled him .. a filthy tax-collector is made an insider and Jesus-missioner .. a Samaritan woman (used,discarded, and surviving) is made whole in her life around a “chance” meeting with Jesus at a well .. a military leader and a religious leader are two desperate fathers willing to risk everything to save their son and daughter .. an unclean hemorrhaging woman is healed by anonymously touching Jesus .. and a crucified too-late-to-repent man receives a holy homecoming moments before he dies. The point is your life never surprises God. No circumstance is beyond His care and attention. No problem .. disease .. failure .. suffering .. loneliness .. success .. addiction .. or desperation is beyond the reach of Christ’s life. If you really want this life of Jesus you will discover just how many forms death can take in each of us. But then you discover something even greater: the incomparable power of Jesus who gives you life. Are you holding on to something to tightly? You’ll know because it takes all your oxygen to make it through the day. But with Jesus … it only takes a moment …

“Yes, we who are living are always being exposed to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be plainly seen in our mortal lives.” 2 Corinthians 4:11 J.B. Phillips Translation

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Ordinary Clay Pots filled with the life of Jesus. (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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