There is nothing like coming to a clean house. Spring is here and the desire to freshen up the house is in the hearts, so we take out the winter stored items and vacuum the rugs and begin to give a nice clean feeling to our home. But, what if once we did this spring cleaning at our homes, we went to work and came back and everything that we did was back scattered all over the house as if someone had broke in and rampaged our home. What a horrible feeling that would be! Our lives are full of things that need to be cleaned out, and sometimes no matter how many times we put them away or cast them out they find there way back in. Our lives have to be built on solitude, there needs to be some sure foundation as to where it needs to reside. The prophet Isaiah tells us that God has laid a foundation in Zion; Christ, and if anyone relies on him he will never be stricken with panic (Is28:16). And, in Matthew 7:24 Jesus spoke a parable of a wise man who built his house on a rock verse one who built his on sand, that when the rains and the floods came only one fell; the one built on sand. Being cooked up in our homes can store up attitudes and behaviors that mess up our homes, things that are probably of ancient times and it might take a more authoritative approach. 

Matthew 12:43-45

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Let this be known for sure, that when Christ takes out something from our lives it is gone with no return. When we are struggling with things in our lives that we want to be released, unless God takes it out it will not leave. In fact, sometimes the things that we are dealing with only get worst with time. And, Jesus was referring to this when he was speaking about the spirit that once he leaves goes around looking for a place to rest, decides to go back and find his house clean when he finds no other. Change does not come without decisiveness, but we can be determined to change and for a time we might achieve it. But, it will be only for a period of time that change will last, yet when Christ makes the change it is permanent. Jesus commanded spirits to leave and never to return again to the people they came out of (Mk9:25). The legion of the man of Gadarenes requested Christ not to send them to the abyss, because they knew that they could not come back to where they came from (lk8:30-31). Now, there are things once were gone from our lives, we spring cleaned them that have come back and need to leave once and for all. For example, according to Newsweek and increase of 55% of alcohol sales spiked, people who at one time drank alcohol have gone back to drinking. Making sure that your home is once and for all is cleaned consist of pinpointing that area in your life where the old habits are arising, and surrendering them to Christ (2Cor10:3-5).  

Resurrection Sunday is the third day after the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Without the resurrection everything that Jesus did on earth would have classified him as just another prophet, but because he came back from the dead as noted by the apostles and about 500 other believers as well as non-believer he is found to be Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Jesus did not just displayed this power to come back to life on the third day after his crucifixion, but he had it throughout his walk while on earth. He fulfilled the prophecy that the lame would walk and the blind would see by the prophet Isaiah (29:18). Jesus brought back people from the dead, for example, a widow’s son whom when they were in the funeral procession Jesus stopped the bier and told the young man to rise and he rose (Lk7:11-17). And, Jairus daughter whom was dying and died, when he came to Jesus and explained what was going on Jesus went to his house and rose her from the dead (Lk8:49-56). The power of resurrection was in Christ throughout his time, but it was not evident in his own life until he had to experience death himself. Jesus knew that he had the power to take back his life (Jh10:18).     

John 5:6-10

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.

The power of resurrection is to restore those things that were once dead and bring them back to life. And, as this story goes, this man was paralyzed for 38 years which means that he used to walk before. He was laid on a stretcher near this pool at the gate of Bethesda for a long time waiting to be the first one in the pool after the angel who at certain times would stir the waters. The first person who made it to the pool after the angel stirred the waters would be healed from any sickness. After Jesus had learned about this man’s case he asked him do you want to be healed, and if we noticed he did not ask him if he needed help getting into the pool. The power to restore all things in Christ was about to restore this man. Jesus told this man get up and take your bed, and immediately he got up and took his bed. In our lives there are things that need to be restored, good things; things that benefited us as well as others, and with the power of Christ resurrection they can be restored. The bed this man was carrying represents those good things in our lives that we have been laying on, and now we have the ability to carry it; that is if we listen to his voice to get up and take our beds. Jesus said that we should take his burden because it is light (Mt11:28-29) and it will provide rest for our souls.