Focus on the details
“He is not here but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” Luke 24:6-7
In a couple months it will be the time of year when we celebrate Resurrection Sunday! It was the day that Jesus got up from being dead and walked out of a dead man’s tomb. Usually around that time we think about Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. We think about the details of the things Jesus went through leading up to His death. Some of those thoughts will be on the beating He took, other thoughts will be about the crowd jeering and mocking Him. Still, you may have thoughts about Jesus carrying His own cross to be nailed to. There may even be thoughts of His suffering as He hung on the cross. Probably some will be reminded of the words He spoke on the cross, then the tomb and the three days His body lay there lifeless. My point is that this will be the one time of the year that we really take time to focus on all the details of what Jesus actually did to save us from an eternity of separation from God and without Him we would spend our eternal life suffering in hell.
However, what details will you be focused on after it has passed? Will you immediately shift your attention back to the world and the current crisis we are in? Will you scan the headlines to see what the greatest threat is for this week? Will you learn every detail and possible outcome to discuss in every conversation you have? Why does our focus have to change? Why do we have to turn our attention away from the price Jesus paid to free us from the current world circumstances? Why don’t we instead keep our attention on the details of heaven? Can we keep our focus on the details of our God and the details of our Savior, Jesus?
Think about this: What if you spent as much time studying and getting to know your Heavenly Father as you spend watching the news or learning about current events? What if you focused on the details of heaven and the joy that is waiting for you there? Why not learn down to the last detail about the love of God? How He created us to have dominion over this world? How He sent Jesus to defeat His enemy and every evil work he ever did in this world or ever will do? Sin has been defeated! Death has been defeated! Sickness has been defeated! Disease has been defeated! Anxiety, worry, doubt, fear, all defeated. He hung on a cross so we wouldn’t be crushed or even threatened by any attack of the enemy, right now, here in this world! The work Jesus did on the cross was so big, there is nothing that can stand against it. Nothing!!! It wasn’t just a partial work of Salvation for after we die, it was a complete work of redemption so we can live this life in total victory! Evil is not our focus, Victory is!
Today I want to encourage you to keep your focus on the details of your Savior, Jesus! You already have the victory! Please stop looking at the things that have already been defeated! They are not a threat to God or His people, but the only way to believe that is to focus on God’s details, not the world’s. We are more than conquerors through Jesus! Let’s start acting like it!
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 24:6-12
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
8 And they remembered His words.
9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.