If you’ve been following my posts you would have noticed that in my last blog I mentioned that there was something awesome that happened after the cross. And, that awesome thing, is the Resurrection.
We know that Jesus’s death on the cross was the final payment for our sins. With His death we too can agree to look at our past lives and say “It is Finished” and choose a new life that is in harmony with the Lord and His heart for us.
But, if that’s where the story stopped, our hope in Jesus can only extend to this life. Since He died, we die. We’d be praying out to a dead god, that doesn’t have power over this world he created.
But, that’s not true. Jesus rose again.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3
Because Jesus IS risen, we have hope that extends into eternity. We have a Savior who defeated DEATH! Our God is immensely powerful, greatly wonderful, and totally in love with His people.
God loves us so much that He used Jesus’ death on the cross to give us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe in this?”
Do you believe in this?
Could you trust that there is a God so powerful that He defeated death, and loves you so much that He Himself paid the ultimate sacrifice?
With the Resurrection, this is no longer a far claim to make. The Resurrection is what we, Christians, place our faith in.
Because of the Resurrection, we know that Jesus is trustworthy. Since He kept His promise to rise from the dead, we know that we can trust His other promises as well. I encourage you to look into the awesome promises Jesus has made to you, and know that each one of them can be trusted because He kept this huge promise to rise again.
Because of the Resurrection, we know that we worship a LIVING GOD. Not some dead prophet, idol, or book of morals, but someone who wants to be yoked with you and spend every second with you. Someone who has power in the present because they are alive in it. Someone who can be called upon and someone who will answer to prayers. I am in total awe of my God!
Because of the Resurrection, we know that we will someday be resurrected. Just like the John verse above. We get to spend eternity worshiping the One who loves us, all because He paid our debt and defeated the grace.
Because of the Resurrection, we know that God can bring us from death to life, too. Even though we are born into a state of spiritual death, God can bring us into ABUNDANT LIFE. He will bring us to living waters and fill us with His Spirit! No matter what your past is, or how you’re currently living, God can always flip that situation and make you the person you were created to be. All because He loves you!
Because of the Resurrection, the story we share with others is ALIVE. We, as Christians, are not followers of a dead faith. We don’t even follow a set of rules anymore, because of God’s great and overflowing grace and mercy towards us. We just follow a WHO. We don’t merely follow the lessons of a good teacher, but we proclaim the reality of the Resurrection of Christ!
Enjoy your Easter. Enjoy the time with your family, and your holiday traditions. But, It is my prayer that you can experience the power of the Living God at some point today. If you’ve never chosen to become a follower of Him yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s just a conversation between your heart and God’s heart, asking for forgiveness for the sinful life you are chained to, trusting and thanking Him for being the solution, and choosing to live your life for Him.
As the Greeks would say- XRISTOS ANESTI!