Prayer Week 2020

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

In February 2019, people from ten different countries and five continents engaged in what we call Christian Endeavor Prayer Week. Some would say it is way too early to look toward 2020, but I’m casting a 2020 vision well in advance. By next February, by God’s grace, we will experience the following in CE Prayer Week 2020:

  • Fifteen countries involved with young people leading a worship celebration sometime on the kick-off weekend (Friday January 30-Sunday February 2).
  • Devotional material, in print form or sent daily through emails and social media, available in a minimum of three languages.  It would be amazing to see this happen in five languages! 
  • Ministry kits available to challenge young people to make a deeper pledge in their faith commitment by becoming part of the 10th Legion. The 10th Legion was a legendary group of elite fighters in the Roman Empire’s military. The 10th Legion represents a group desiring to give their lives to God in a significant way. Details will be outlined in the Prayer Week material.

How about you? Will you help lead a Prayer Week Celebration Kick-Off in 2020? Will you commit to Pray, Study, Serve, Share and Worship at a whole new level during that period of time? If yes, please contact us and let us know!

May God guide you and direct you in the leadership you bring to yourself, your church, and those around you as we all seek to make an impact for Christ and the Church!

The Church Reclaimed – Commitment and Connection

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

God’s work is never in jeopardy. He works through our human efforts even when they are flawed or incomplete. He touches lives through the modern day form the church has taken; however, it is critical for us to pause and consider whether something has been lost that needs to be reclaimed. Taking this step will allow the church to truly live out its core purpose instead of being re-purposed for our modern times.

About five years ago I attempted a task that pushed my creative limits. I am not what people call a “handy” man. My home projects often become greater disasters than what needed fixing in the first place. On rare occasions the Lord smiles upon me and my projects work out. One example is when I decided to take an old desk and turn its drawers into rustic looking shelves. These shelves would then hold antique sports equipment in our basement family room. I saw beyond the dilapidated drawer condition and imagined returning them to their original purpose in a totally new, unique and beneficial way. I could have decided to “Re-purpose” the drawers by painting them and using them as flower pots or fire wood. This act would have found a new purpose and use for the drawers while preventing me from reclaiming why the drawers were originally made.

Today people have attempted to re-purpose the church instead of reclaiming its core purpose. Departing from the church’s core purpose leaves a significant void in people’s lives. Allow me to provide some scriptural evidence to hold up against our current cultural setting.


First is a call to Commitment. Acts 1:8 says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” I have heard this verse used by teachers numerous times. Normally it serves as a motivator for people to think about reaching others for Christ that are close to home, in the broader city or region, in neighboring states or countries, and in all the different parts of the globe. What people do not normally embrace is Acts 8:1- “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout . . .” wait for it, wait for it- where were they scattered? “Judea and Samaria!” The Holy Spirit’s power rapidly grew the church as mentioned in Acts 1. This came to fruition following the persecution and ensuing rapid dispersion of Christians as they spread beyond Jerusalem.  Today, Christians are challenged to spread the gospel without a significant call to sacrifice- essentially turning drawers into flower pots. This kind of challenge has good intentions but lands us on the 2 Timothy 3 list, which concludes with verse five, “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Reclaiming the church requires commitment through sacrifice.


Second is a call to Connection. Today, many churches grow rapidly by having campuses, live streamed messages, and excellent EVERYTHING including music, teaching, children’s programs, and clearly marked information or welcoming areas. None of these items are bad; in fact most of them are really good. The challenge comes when we study Acts 2 and recognize what regular activities the early church was instructed to carry out. In Acts 2:42 we find that, “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” Verse forty-four continues by saying, “all the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” Today when people say they have attended “church,” most people mean to confirm that they have attended a worship experience. This experience involved them driving, or in some cases walking to a church building, sitting in a sanctuary or auditorium, listening to some of the setting’s customs (announcements, recited prayers, special music) and watching a program that allows occasional group singing before hearing a motivational message.  Two thousand years ago the early church grew because it had to flee for survival. Then non-Christians began witnessing the incredible lives of believers as they supported each other in their new nurturing communities. The non-Christians recognized what they were missing and so the church grew. Reclaiming the church requires intimate connection.

Here is a painful reality- to be a Christian means to be close enough to a small group of people acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that can be mutually accountable to one another. At the same time this group is vulnerable about and willing to meet each other’s needs spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically. By this definition, how many people in the US actually attend “church” on a regular basis? How many Christians have one to two close friends that can support and challenge them in this way? Begin with you- do you currently have the close connections to support you as you commit to sacrificially bring people to Christ?

Everywhere I go in the world I meet people who are praying for revival or a second Reformation. God may choose to work in this way. But maybe, just maybe both of those things will happen once we reclaim the true core purpose of the church- Commitment and Connection!

Faithful Journey: Part 4

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

On April 29th following ten days in Germany, I boarded a plane for Manchester, England. I met Harry Wedekind, Vice President for Christian Endeavor in Europe and the Middle East. Harry and I drove with videographer Nathan Robb to the Beechwood Courts Christian Endeavor Holiday Centre in Conwy, Wales. The car was a manual transmission that Harry needed to drive on the opposite side of the road. Harry did a great job but this added to the overall journey and adventure that was about to take place. The purpose for this trip was to gather with twelve people for the first European Leadership Academy.

After a meal of arguably the best fish and chips on the planet, we went to sleep anticipating several full days ahead. The next day everyone began arriving. Our group included people from England, Germany, Hungary, Romania and the US. The concerns around Brexit prevented anyone from Ireland attending. Interactive learning elements continue to be the teaching method that spans cultural boundaries. Learning activities with ropes, tent poles, tennis balls and dominoes all helped share leadership principles and reinforce transformational Biblical values.

The last evening we shared together, a gentleman from Hungary named Zsolt (I tried to pronounce this correctly for three days and failed miserably) started asking me deeper questions about Christian Endeavor. What I learned is that C.E. for many years has been a tool used to offer camps and conferences but few churches actually use the discipleship model to impact young people’s lives. He became more and more excited about the idea to translate the core Christian Endeavor equipping materials into his native language. He and his friends plan to work on this project during 2019 in hopes of equipping pastors and youth workers with the C.E. model in the years ahead.

Also on the last day, I spoke with Katrina from Germany. Katrina leads a small C.E. state union in western Germany. Her comments and insights were so valuable because she did not grow up in Christian Endeavor but has been learning the powerful impact it can make when properly used in churches.

Following three great equipping days, we enjoyed a morning driving around North Wales. The castles and scenery are truly a gift from God. The next day Harry flew to Ireland to visit with and encourage the Irish Endeavorers while Nathan and I flew to reconnect with our families. Sixteen total days were invested in speaking, teaching, networking, praying, listening, and growing. It was a great journey, and God was faithful through every step.

Faithful Journey: Part 3

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

Following the intense five day “DC Tour” we boarded a train for western Germany. After a few hours we disembarked and were greeted by Simon Schuh, one of the leaders for C.E. Germany. Simon drove us to Flensunger Hof. Flensunger Hof is a camp where the 29th World Christian Endeavor convention will be held in July 2022.

Imagine young people coming together from at least thirty-three countries where C.E currently makes an impact. They will attend to make friends from around the world, participate in small group Bible studies to directly experience how different cultures react to various Scripture passages, be challenged by choosing one of several workshop tracks, and see the Holy Spirit impact lives through heartfelt worship with so many cultures involved. This will be the 29th time a gathering like this has taken place. God has certainly been faithful on the journey.

Simon Schuh, Bjorn Steinhilber, Nathan Robb and Dr. Dave Coryell.

Flensunger Hof director, Bjorn Steinhilber, provided a tour that showed us potential workshop areas, places for large group venues, fields for activities, as well as all the options available for housing. People will be able to have their own hotel style room with private bath, sleep in a tent while using public shower facilities or choose multiple options in between these two extremes. Over two hundred beds are available in camp buildings but the fields are large enough to have one thousand campers.

Three years from now we will gather at Flensunger Hof. The camp is close to one hour by car to Frankfurt, making it easily accessible for people from around the world to join this gathering. May God continue to guide us as we look forward to the 29th World Christian Endeavor convention in July 2022!

Faithful Journey: Part 2

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

Following several intense days of speaking and connecting at the 2019 Osterkonferenz, we embarked on a five day “DC Tour” across Bavaria. The purpose of this tour was to meet with people to celebrate the 100th C.E. Anniversary in Bavaria while awakening people to God’s work through C.E. around the world.

Group of youth workers who showed
Dr. Dave and Nathan Robb around Augsburg.

Each place that we visited had both beautiful sites and amazing people. Everyone thought their city was the finest in Germany. On the first day we stayed near the city of Kempten. Kempten is Germany’s oldest city being founded by the Roman Empire. The gathering at this church was the smallest of the five days but had an excellent group of people. The fifteen people represented Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Italy, and Syria. The next four nights we traveled to Munich, Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Nuremberg. The groups seemed to get larger every day ranging between forty in Munich to eighty on the last two nights.

The actual window where
Martin Luther was standing as he was handed the letter with the ultimatum of recant or stand trial.

One moment on this journey that gripped my heart was when we toured Augsburg. At one point we were taken to the Fuggerei. The Fuggerei is a mansion for the Fugger family as well as a home for children. Jakob Fugger was essentially the Bill Gates of the 1500’s in this region. He hosted significant dignitaries when they traveled through Augsburg. Martin Luther was staying with the Fugger’s when he received the letter asking him to either recant his views from the famous 95 Thesis he had nailed to the Wittenberg door or stand trial at the Diet of Worms. Luther did not know his decision would start the Reformation. He had no idea what path the Lord would take him down. It was just one more step on the journey where God would display His faithfulness. I had the opportunity to challenge people to see how God was faithfully working in and through Christian Endeavor to prepare us for His next Reformation.

One exciting component of the trainings was sharing about the strategic objectives God is carrying out through C.E. Being able to explain how these steps forward are changing lives awakens people to the real work God does through C.E. I opened each workshop by having people turn to their neighbor and check their shirt tag for the manufacturing country. The group was broken into teams and quickly wrote all of their countries on a white board. Following this exercise I explained how many of the countries have C.E. operating in them. Next, I led the group in an exercise to pray for the person who made their shirts. Imagine meeting a person in heaven someday that introduces him or herself and says, “I was waiting for you. I am the one who made your shirt!” This interactive beginning helps start the workshop, but it also helps establish how the workshop will end. The last activity we did was to break into two teams and at my signal have a team representative begin writing all of the countries in the world where team members knew someone well enough to have a conversation with them. One night sixty countries were listed, another night forty-nine countries were listed. The largest night over eighty countries were listed. I closed by challenging the group. God has used C.E to impact their lives and grow them as His disciples. Yet, they have connections literally all over the world but they have not shared about Christian Endeavor with them. God used this moment to challenge people to consider the next steps that could be taken.

I am not sure how God is going to build His Kingdom. I believe He plans to continue using Christian Endeavor in this process through the strengthening and growth of this ministry. We are trusting Him to have another five people start C.E. in their countries this year (at least Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Puerto Rico and Rwanda). I even learned about C.E. in Brazil from a German pastor that was a missionary in that country for two years. God is strengthening our network and growing it in His timing. I do know this, God will be faithful on this journey.

Faithful Journey: Part 1

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director

The title of this blog does not refer to my own faithfulness. It refers to God and the trust we can place in Him. I will tell of my journey to Germany and Wales in four parts.

On April 18th I flew to Munich, Germany. I was then transported to Gunzenhausen for the annual Osterkonferenz (Easter Conference) where I was the keynote speaker. Osterkonferenz began decades ago when numerous small Christian Endeavor churches decided to come together for a conference on Easter weekend including workshops, worship and fellowship. It began small and eventually grew. Today nearly four thousand people attend the events that include a large exhibit hall, children’s programming, a traditional worship track, numerous workshops on relevant topics, scores of food trucks, and large venue worship times that are live-streamed to people watching around the globe. Pretty solid work by forty-eight small C.E. churches in Bavaria. God is faithful!

The first message I delivered spoke to this faithfulness. The conference theme was “The Whale, Jesus, and You” and had the aim of using the book of Jonah to deliver a relevant message for today. Jonah means “dove” in Hebrew. He was the son of Amittai which interestingly means “faithful.” Jonah was literally the faithful dove. I explained how God has an intricate database. This database includes all the skills, talents, personality traits, and experiences for each person alive. This database includes all of our strengths and deficiencies. He then chooses people suited to carry out His various tasks. There was no greater match to take words of warning to the Ninevites than his faithful dove, Jonah. What does God have in His database for you? Will you make yourself available to carry out His mission?

God used this message to launch into several days of networking, long conversations with young people about spiritual things, a powerful Easter morning celebration and then finally Monday morning’s concluding message. First the leader of C.E. Bavaria, Samuel Haubner, spoke a message thanking God for His faithfulness over the last one hundred years. This centennial celebration was an opportunity to give thanks for all He had done. Then a song was sung before it was my turn to share. I finished teaching on Jonah which ends with Jonah’s remorse due to God sparing the repentant Ninevites. Most people walk away from Jonah and believe that the Bible’s Ninevite story ends there. However, one hundred years later, the prophet Nahum speaks to the Ninevites again because they had returned to their evil practices. Nahum warns that the Ninevites would be totally destroyed. The wall surrounding Nineveh was believed to be one hundred feet high and nearly fifty feet thick. This wall had a circumference according to some historians of 85 miles. The Ninevites believed their wall was virtually indestructible! Forty years after Nahum’s prophecy, the Tigris river flooded its banks and left a huge hole in the mighty wall. The Medes and Persians then combined forces and annihilated the Ninevites before carrying away every last stone. For centuries Nineveh was believed to be mythological along the same lines as the lost city of Atlantis. In 1845 remnants of the city were discovered. I shared this with the people and then asked- what will people say about Osterkonferenz’s centennial anniversary? Will they look back and say that this was their greatest hour before the spiritual pulse of the Bavarians began to wane? Or would they say that Osterkonferenz 2019 was the beginning of a new spark that lit a fire to grow the Kingdom of God for His glory to unprecedented levels? The message concluded with a call for people to enter missionary service. By God’s grace at least forty people responded to that challenge. An older woman later that day with tears forming in her eyes looked at me and shared in her broken English, “Over three thousand missionaries were called to service through Christian Endeavor in Germany . . . But we had stopped challenging young people to serve! Thank you for bringing the challenge again.”

We must not stop! Call young people to serve. God is faithful on this journey called life. He has a mission for us to fulfill. He is going to His database to look for those who will carry it out. Will you be His faithful dove? Will you be available?

Jesus Is My Superhero

By Guest Blogger Susan Markloff, C.E. Mission Weeks Assistant Director

I’ve always been what you would call a nerd. I’m all about sci-fi, fantasy, and superheroes. My other fantastical loving friends and I have had our fair share of arguments over who our favorite superhero is and why. And these aren’t just small conversations; they’re hour long debates that go into not only the abilities of our favorite superheroes, but also their morality and general ties to humanity that lead them to the status of “superhero”.

It’s conversations like this that have made me ask the question of myself: What more could Jesus do to be my favorite superhero?

Talk about a sucker punch to the gut.

Here I am sitting debating with friends about why Batman is far superior as a superhero than Iron Man or Superman, when the truest definition of a superhero sits in the midst of the conversation and never gets mentioned. Why? Because he doesn’t have graphic novels that have sold in the millions? Because his stories aren’t “relevant” or “epic” enough for our visual craving minds? Because it’s cliché? Because if I say Jesus is my favorite superhero, people would roll their eyes (and maybe even decide to not be my friend anymore)?

I mean, yeah, Jesus doesn’t have heat vision. He doesn’t wear spandex and a cape. He doesn’t have a utility belt and he doesn’t drive a fancy car that has rockets strapped to the back. He doesn’t have a suit of armor or a hammer. He doesn’t turn into a giant hulking rage monster.

But y’know what? He never needed any of that. It’s kinda fantastical if you think about it. He was a nondescript person. A simple carpenter from a no-name, tiny town. A blip on the radar. He wasn’t even given a proper place to be born, instead legitimately only having animals around him as he entered this world. And what did he do?

He healed the lame, the leper, the sick. He brought the dead back to life with a simple command. He made food miraculously feed more mouths than it should have (and had more to spare). He spoke wisdom and changed lives with a simple sentence. He saw the worst of a person and still chose to see them with love. He punched death in the face and gave Satan the smack down of the ages.

Our superhero took imprisonment, lashes, a slow walk to death’s mountain, and a humiliating, criminal’s death on a cross. He took all of that, all of the things we should have endured, and took that burden for us. And then he conquered it. Not for his own sake, but for ours.

It kinda makes it stupid that I’ve never had the courage to say Jesus is my superhero.

The 28th World Christian Endeavor Convention EXPERIENCE

by guest blogger, Emmanuel Adomako

Hi, my name is Emmanuel Adomako from Ghana, West Africa. I am a graduate student at Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary and Graduate School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

To put words to thoughts in describing my personal experience at the 28th World Christian Endeavor Convention, I would say, “Truly, the time to Open Up and Go Out is now!” Although the World Christian Endeavor Convention has been going on for many years now, this was my first experience attending one. It was a blessing to serve as a speaker and small group leader during the event held in San Diego, California, July 25-29, 2018.

One reminiscence moment of the convention that will stay with me for a long time in ministry is when I literally saw “heaven opened” during worship time and felt the kind of hope and joy that is found in Christ alone, raining over God’s people like the dew of heaven. Yes, my heart was filled with inexplicable joy when I saw delegates from all walks of life singing Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch’s song: “I’ll fly away. To that home on God’s celestial shore. I’ll fly away. I’ll fly away, oh glory. I’ll fly away in the morning. When I die, Hallelujah by and by I’ll fly away.” Instantly I knew with every fiber of my being that the banner of our Lord Jesus is rising among His people across the nations of the world with no fear, no regret, and no shame and with no apology. We are standing for the cause of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with no shame.

Now, by a careful observation, I realized that God is using Christian Endeavor around the globe as a discipleship tool and a strategic catalyst to bring young people into a relationship with Jesus, build them up with the Word, and release them out to fulfill their unique Kingdom mandate. A scripture that best describes my kind of experience during the convention is Matthew 28:19-20. In this passage, we are inspired, encouraged and charged to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (NKJV). In the last two verses of Matthew, Jesus instructs His disciples to carry on the work He began in Israel. They are to go throughout the world just as we were equipped and encouraged to share the word of God beyond our small group meetings, workshops and open-air night gatherings at the convention. We are to share the word of God to “all nations” and spread the truth of His good works so that everyone may know and be saved. The last phrase in the scripture reminds me of our General Secretary’s message titled: “Go Out Now!” because “I am with you always, to the end of the age” says Jesus and preached by Dr. Dave Coryell. This is tremendously comforting to me as a child of God and a young Christian leader who is currently preparing for the Gospel ministry in Africa. I feel super-excited that God willing, in the summer of 2019, I will be heading back home with my family to start and lead a new wave of Christian Endeavor in Ghana for God’s glory. Yes, it’s refreshing to know that no matter where God leads us, we will never have to doubt that His presence is and will be with us.

Dr. Dave Coryell with Emmanuel at the
World C.E. Convention.

In light of my experience, I would like to intentionally pause and say thank you to Madam Etta Barner who generously and sacrificially supported me and a host of other Christian Endeavor volunteers to serve at the convention. Also, I would like to say thank you to my professor, friend, and mentor in Christ, Dr. Dave Coryell for inviting me and stretching me to think and live biblically as I serve Christ in the church and society.

Overall, the 28th World Christian Endeavor Convention in San Diego, California was inspiring, encouraging, educational and practical. There was no doubt that God was present with His people in the midst of all the high and low steams. I left inspired, encouraged and better equipped to lead. I would like to personally challenge all young Christian leaders to attend the next conference in Germany, 2022. I definitely plan on being there again to serve the body of Christ in whatever capacity as the Lord would use me for His glory. Blessings!

Are You Living on the Edge . . . Or Taking Up Too Much Space?!?

3 Ways to Evaluate and Act

by Dr. Dave Coryell, Executive Director of Christian Endeavor USA

My kids have endured learning various leadership and life lessons from me. The one I call my second Leadership Law is, “If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!” Translation: look to God for His leading and go after it with all your might. Here are 3 ways to evaluate where you are and act!

#1 See a Better Future

While recently on an equipping trip to Nepal, I was able to hear stories about people who have trekked the Himalayas, the world’s largest mountain range. No one wants to be the person who dies or experiences “extremis”, a condition where the body is taken to extreme circumstances and flirts with death. However, this is a distinct possibility for people who choose to make the climb to Mount Everest or the world’s other highest peaks. I learned that people in extremis have a far greater chance of survival when their horizons are formed of projected images that their mind can envision, instead of being limited by what they can physically see. By believing that a better future is possible, a person can be pulled through their current challenging circumstances. Now, before people write me off as a “self-help” guru, pause and realize what we know as Christians. The future that we can envision is promised. We are promised eternity with God in heaven with the inexpressible love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are even told by God in Ephesians 3 that He will do more than we can hope or imagine through the Holy Spirit’s power. This requires us to imagine a better future for God’s glory. Are you living a life on this kind of “edge” or are you taking up space with everyone else? People taking up space are seldom encouraging. The negative news causes them to be swept along towards doom and gloom instead of remembering the promises of God and the calling we have as believers in Christ. Live on the edge!

#2 Life’s events do not surprise God.

Whether it’s news of deteriorating health for yourself or those close to you, job loss, relationship challenges or financial woes, God is not surprised. Natural disasters, political turmoil, shortages of important resources: God is not caught off guard! The question is how will you react to the news? You can shriek and cry out in woe. You can also join the people who will line up to blame or complain about the situation. However, you can also trust that God is in control with full knowledge of the situation. The way to the edge is through trusting God and that He is in control.

#3 God brings good out of challenging circumstances.

Across the pages of the Bible, in worldwide events and even in the simple day to day, we can see God’s power working. As humans we grieve with discouraging news. Remember, in John 11:35, even Jesus wept when he heard his good friend Lazarus died! However, the God that grieved for Lazarus . . . ALSO BROUGHT HIM BACK FROM THE DEAD! God can heal the lame, bring sight to the blind, rain down manna from heaven, and you better believe that He can take your challenges and turn them into blessings. Moving from taking up too much space to living on the edge does not ignore your emotions. Living on the edge means being real with your emotions while maintaining an expectancy that God is going to work.


Has complacency crept into your life? Evaluate and Act! Into the lives of those you love or those you serve? Evaluate and Act! See a better future, know that your situation does not surprise God, and expect Him to bring good out of your challenging circumstances. Peace!



By Bruce McMordie, former Member of the C.E. Board of Directors

Who killed Jesus of Nazareth? Who died with Him on Good Friday? Correctly answering these questions will transform Easter and your life.

Think for a moment about Jesus’ death. Roman soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross where He died. Pilate unleashed those soldiers on Jesus. The crowd cried “Crucify Him!” This prompted Pilate’s action. Pharisees and Sadducees incited that crowd. Judas betrayed Jesus into the custody of those conspiring leaders. My sins and your sins inspired God the Father’s just wrath that filled the “bitter cup” Jesus embraced when he yielded to Judas and his mob. So, who killed Jesus?

Everyone is complicit in the death of Jesus, but the correct answer is no one killed Jesus! “No one takes [my life] from me,” Jesus says. “I lay it down of my own accord.” Jesus is Life incarnate. No one can deliver a fatal blow to Life!

God the Son gave up heaven to be Jesus of Nazareth. He became a man like us, finite and limited by time and place. On Good Friday, Jesus gave up the last remaining essence of His heavenly nature. Having suffered every last bit of God’s wrath for our sins, Jesus said, “It is finished,” bowed his head and gave up his spirit. He laid down His life.

Now, consider who died with Jesus. Two thieves died with Jesus that day. More importantly, the power of the Law died with them. From Sinai to Calvary the Law rightly judged every man, woman and child guilty of sin and condemned them to death. Then on Good Friday, the Law cursed an innocent man. Leviticus declares, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” In the moment the Law cursed Jesus of Nazareth, its power was broken. Christ redeemed all who believe in Him from the curse of the law and gave us the Holy Spirit! The power of the Law died that day.

I also died that day, so did you, if you’re a Christian. Put yourself in this passage. “I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Every believer died with Christ that day.

Jesus took His life back again at His resurrection and all of His people came to new life with Him! “We were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4).

All this happened because Jesus laid down His life. No one took His life. All who trust Him died that day as well. The Law’s power over us died too. And all who died with Him have been raised with Him! Walk in the glory of your new life in Him! Happy Easter!