Have you ever seen the Movie 'The Count of Monte Cristo'? When I was a boy I loved this story of Edmond Dantes and the adventures of 'The Count of Monte Christo' and in honesty at times I couldn't help but imagine myself as this gallant character; this unbelievable man who after being falsely imprisoned escapes from his cell to find great riches and to use it to pursue justice in the world. The more I think of the details of his story the more I begin to see the close connection it has to the story of resurrection and the new life that Jesus breaths into the hearts of those who follow him. Thomas Cahill once said, "In all the tragic dramas of antiquity, whether lived or staged, we detected the same pattern: the hero, be he Alexander or Oedipus, reaches his pinnacle only to be cut down. Only in the drama of Jesus does the opposite pattern hold: the hero is cut down only to be raised up."
That's never the end of the story however. Jesus was raised so that he could also raise up the lives of his followers, you and me! But, we are so beaten down by the false realities of death and the shadows of our inabilities to measure up that we can do little more then count the bricks on our cell walls and give names to the images we trace on to them. So that like Dantes, when he is confronted by the realities of life outside of the Chateau D'If, we are filled with thoughts of fear when Jesus begins to breath new life into our hearts.
The key is not to be destracted by the pains of new sight, new light which is directly brought into us rather then casting shadows on the wall. As Martyn Lloyd Jones says, "The Divine Instructor has taken us under his wing and he is putting us through our exercises so that hands which hang down can be lifted up, and feet are straightened out, and a lame man is helped to walk. The Instructor is saying such things as, 'Now keep moving, don't let yourself get stiff, keep the joints moving, keep them as supple as you can.'"