Last week we discussed what it means to live in resurrection power. Resurrection power is the supernatural force God used to raise Jesus from the grave (Eph. 1:19-20). It is that same power that has delivered us from sin and its penalty. Along with the “Good News” there is also great news! BELIEVERS have access to that same power today.
Resurrection is primarily discussed during the Easter season. However, more time may be needed to address questions around this foundation belief within our Christian faith. These include questions such as, “how does Christ’s resurrection affect my daily life?”
To increase our understanding, I’d like to spend the next few weeks exploring the resurrection experience. Let’s begin with resurrection wonder.
What emotions do you feel?
The discussion of the resurrection can produce a wide range of responses from people. For those outside the family of Christ, it can be a point of disbelief or irritation.
What do you think when you read scripture concerning the resurrection? What emotions rise within you? Confidence or confusion? Gratefulness or embarrassment? Let me give you one emotion to consider—wonder.
Wonder is defined as a feeling of surprise caused by something unbelievable, unexpected, or inexplicable. Undoubtedly these are all appropriate descriptions for Christ’s resurrection.
The people were in wonder of Jesus as He ministered to “the brokenhearted, the captives, and those who were bound” (Is. 61:1). Jesus’ love and compassion gave new excitement and hope to those who had been cast aside by society.
The crowds’ wonder with and admiration for Jesus drove them into the deserts, to the mountainside, and to the seashores . They hoped to catch a glimpse of His healings and miracles. Little did they know or expect that Jesus’ resurrection would become an even greater reason for their wonder.
The Gospel resurrection narratives explode with “wonder”. Imagine the unbelievable wonder that Mary Magdalene and the women felt as they found the empty tomb on the first day of the week. They quickly witnessed to what they had seen to the disciples even though their witness fell on their “hardened and unbelieving hearts” (Luke 24:11).
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus also experienced resurrection wonder. Unknown at that time, it was Jesus who conversed and fellowshipped with them. Such unexpected wonder could only be captured by the expression “did not our hearts burn within us” (Luke 24:32). Like Mary and the women, these disciples became ready witnesses to the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.
Christ’s sacrifice (accepted by God) and resurrection (empowered by God) is a wonder in and of itself. First, the fact that God loved us so much, that He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die for us (John 3:16). Secondly, we are now in Christ with all its spiritual blessings because of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection (Eph. 1:3-14). And finally, we have eternal life (beginning now) and an inheritance reserved in heaven just for us (1 Pet. 1:4). Resurrection, without a doubt, is an inexplicable wonder.
21st century Wonder
A sense of wonder should emerge as we consider God’s plan of salvation. With Jesus’ resurrection came supernatural outcomes that can never be repeated—Satan’s defeat, sin forgiven, man reconciled to God. Unbelievable, unexpected, inexplicable wonder!
How then are we as believers to respond to resurrection wonder? Do we joyfully witness as Mary and the Emmaus travelers? Or do we harden our hearts through unbelief or indifference?
The historical “event” of Christ’s resurrection occurred over 2,000 years ago. Yet it still exerts an unprecedented and recurring influence in the hearts and lives of believers around the world. It is because of their wonder of Jesus and His resurrection.
Resurrection wonder offers believers exuberate hope, embolden witness, and empowered service. Let us daily testify to the unfathomable wonder of the resurrection.