Getting Past My Past
“Hey, aren't you the person who. . .?”
You wince as you prepare for the inevitable. You know what’s coming. Somehow, this person has found out about the worst moment in your life.
A moment of humiliation, a prank gone bad, a choice that didn't turn out well – all of us have had those embarrassing moments. Most of the time, we grow up and find the ability to laugh those things off.
Sometimes, however, the moment is so horrific it literally defines our lives. From that moment when we were abused, betrayed, were cowardly and weak—or even down right mean—whatever that moment was when hell erupted on us, we became frozen. We live the rest of our lives trying to get past or over that moment.
And sometimes, we just can’t get over it. This is when the resurrection makes a real difference in our lives.
I've told you before that one of the mind-blowing realities of the Risen Christ is that He is not bound by space and time. He is in our present; He is waiting for us in the future, and He’s still in our past.
What does that mean for you? It means Jesus is still at the moment where you think your life was destroyed. What happened in that moment cannot defeat Him; He is the conqueror of death and every experience of death. Jesus is the conqueror of that moment. Jesus doesn't want you to be afraid of it anymore.
So, He will take you back—but He will go with you back to that moment and let you take it apart, dealing with it piece by piece. Some of the pieces need to be confessed to and forgiven by Christ. Other pieces need to be named and forgiven by you. Piece by piece, Jesus will forgive, release and heal.
You will do all of that in His presence—in prayer and tears, in laughter and joy—and the pain will be melted in the healing. Anger is released into forgiveness. And freedom comes.
This is what it means to live “in Christ.” Everything we are, have done – everything about us – is in Jesus. His life is our life. Our life is His. This is the reason Paul wrote, “to live is Christ. . .”
Jesus is alive. We don’t have to be afraid anymore. We aren't afraid of what the future will bring. We aren't afraid of how the past may try to enslave us. We are forgiven. We are free. Jesus is alive.
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