“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” Romans 6:5 (NKJ)
Good Friday is a few days away. Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). Resurrection Sunday is on the horizon. Christ is risen! (Matt. 28:6) And now, as a result of these two events, how are we to live? I’m sure Christ’s disciples had the same question upon hearing of our Lord’s resurrection. They received the resurrection proclamation from the women who visited the empty tomb early Easter morning (Matt. 28). They had personally seen the glorified Christ “behind shut doors” (John 20:19-30). Even after all this, the disciples did not fully understand the implications of the resurrection and how it would change their lives forever. They lived through the suffering of the Cross. They would now need to learn how to live in the power of the resurrection.
The Apostle Paul knew how to live in the power of the resurrection. He wanted to not only “share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings” but also, to know Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). Paul prayed that the church at Ephesus would understand “the power God that worked in Christ when He raised Him (Jesus) from the dead”. (Eph. 1:19, 20) In the final days of His earthly life, Jesus hinted about this resurrection power. He assured His disciples, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do” (John 14:12). The early New Testament church gained its potency and power through accessing that same resurrection power through the anointing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
How do twenty-first century believers live in the power of the resurrection? Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We now are able to walk in victory. Sin no longer has power over us (Romans 6). Satan is crushed and we are free (Col. 2:15). Though he would have us believe we are still lost, we have become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). Though our memories and the world would tempt us on every side, we are able to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). Though we may sometimes “stumble and fall”, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:39). We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, our Guarantee, until we arrive in heaven (Eph. 1:13,14).
We have received the resurrection proclamation. Christ has personally come to dwell within our hearts. We are witnesses to His existence. As Christ’s followers, let us now learn to live in the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Good to the Last Byte…
After the resurrection, the disciples went back to their daily routines. Peter even invited his cohorts to “go fishing” while they awaited their new orders from our Lord. While we celebrate the resurrection of Christ once a year at Easter, we much daily tap into this power from on high. Don’t go back to “business as usual”. Tap into the resurrection power of God and finish the good work God has begun in you (Phil. 1:6).