Recently, my family has spent a good bit of time at doctors’ offices. I’m not talking about having the flu or strep throat. My dad has been given news that an aneurysm in his ascending aortic valve has got to be dealt with. Keep in mind, my dad has known about this thing for at least twenty-five years. His cardiologist has monitored it to make sure it stayed within “safety” parameters. Now, all of these years later, he’s heading in for surgery. Obviously, there have been many doctors involved getting dad ready for the surgery. There have been a lot of necessary tests. The man that is basically running the show is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He specializes in organs in the chest and it’s his job to understand everything he possibly can about my dad’s heart. Ultimately, The Lord is using this man’s hands to make things right in my dad’s chest. 

I’ve thought about the correlation with this heart specialist and The Heart Specialist. God designed the heart. It’s the primary organ to pump blood throughout your body. It sends oxygen to every cell in your body. These cells need this for us to live. In the same way our natural heart gives our bodies life, our spiritual heart (who we really are), is able to bring life or death to us. Let me explain. “Jesus said, ‘A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.’” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭45‬ ‭NLT‬‬) Ok. So, there’s good spiritual life coming from a good heart and there are bad things coming from a heart that isn’t good. How do we get this “good” heart? We’re flawed human beings. 

We take ourselves to The Master. He knows everything there is to know about you. Jesus knew this world would beat us down and we would adapt to its hard ways. He came down from Heaven to live a life of perfection to meet The Father’s standards on our behalf. If we accept Him as Lord, He gives us His perfect life walk as though we have walked it ourselves. We literally get to wear His righteousness as we stand before The Father one day. “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ ‭NLT‬‬) We get a spiritual blood transfusion! He makes us new in Him! You can’t physically see this transaction, but He puts His wants and desires inside of us. Pretty soon, good, life giving statements are coming out of our mouths instead of gloom and doom. You and others will start to notice. Our hearts have been spiritually made new! “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ ‭NLT‬‬) The Master Surgeon has done His work! He’s placed all the components in you to live in His goodness forever. He even sends His very Spirit to live inside of you to lead you in this life. 

My friends, this is what Easter is all about. It’s about a resurrection that not only raised Jesus to life but us as well. This is certainly something to celebrate. There’s no way outside of the Lordship of Jesus Christ that you could be made new. He willingly did this for you. You are that important to Him. So just like my dad’s physical heart situation needing to be fixed, Jesus does actually more than “fix” us. He makes us new! We can be confident that He’s always with us. He’s still fighting our battles today. He protects His children. He is real LOVE in the purest sense of the word. Celebrate Resurrection Sunday with the confidence that if you belong to Him, you’ve been made new!

 

Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.

 

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