The Thought for the Week this week is written by Lesley Rankin

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“ …. He is risen from the dead……” Luke 24 v6

Up from the grave He arose

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes.

He arose a Victor from the dark domain

And He lives forever with His saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah! Christ arose!

from the hymn by Robert Lowry

I have been thinking over the summer about the victory of Christ - and how complete and perfect it is.  These thoughts were sparked by a desire for change, and the realisation that within me there are still ways of being which are far from perfect.

Instead of focusing on these, I turned to the Cross, and really thought about what Jesus has done for us.  I know that I so often think of the Cross as a symbol of the forgiveness of sins, and the mercy of God, and that is very comforting, but I felt that I needed more than that - I wanted to go beyond forgiveness towards lasting change.

When Christ died on the Cross, He reversed the disobedience of mankind, and caused forgiveness and covering to flow from God.  Yet He also descended, into the very depths of evil and darkness, and He brought His light into every single part of it. This is such an exciting thought!  All those parts of us which are fallen and imperfect, Christ has already brought His light and victory to these places.  There is absolutely no part of human nature over which Christ is not Lord and Master - because He faced every single part of it at Calvary and was victorious - and not just a little bit victorious, but overwhelmingly victorious.

Of course there are still parts of us which are imperfect - but Christ has already won the victory over them! This such an encouraging thought, and it is this that causes change within, because when we really believe it, His Light comes, and His victory becomes ours.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!