He has Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Today's daily devotion is based on Colossians 3:1,2, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
When they think about the resurrection of Jesus, many Christians believe that it will pay off in the future, but it does not have a lot to do with their lives as they live them today. That is a shame, for Easter doesn't just mean future good things when we die. It means good things for God's people today. Having an "alive" Jesus leads to us having an "ascended" Jesus, and having an "ascended" Jesus means that right now, today, as we speak, we have a friend in high places! A friend who sits at the very right hand of God himself.
Easter changed the people who experienced it. You can bet that the women at the tomb were never the same after seeing the angels and hearing their message. You can bet that Peter and John were never the same after seeing that Jesus had risen. So also Easter changes us. That leads to a new perspective on our lives right now, for knowing that Jesus is alive changes our focus from downward and inward to outward and upward. We now look to a higher life that's not just waiting for us when we die, but also affecting the way we look at our lives. That is good news, for in him we live as God created us to live.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Risen Savior, remind me daily that you sit at the right hand of God, and help me to live my life, setting my mind on things above instead of things below. In Jesus' name. Amen.