Resurrection every day
We have celebrated Resurrection Sunday 2022. However, we must never limit our understanding of the power that is ours in Christ’s resurrection that extends beyond the “one day” commemoration. Daily we are invited to live out our lives in resurrection power.
To increase our understanding what that really means, I’d like to spend the next few weeks exploring the resurrection experience so that we might gain new knowledge as to its impact on our faith walk.
Since resurrection is more than a singular event that occurred in the past, “how does Christ’s resurrection affect my daily life?”
What emotion 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?
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 offers us exuberate hope, embolden witness, and empowered service.
The power of the Resurrection message
We believe Christ has paid the price and penalty for our sins. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. He rose from the grave victorious over sin and death. Jesus the Christ is now ascended to heaven and sits exalted at the right hand of God the Father. We too have been raised with Him (Ep. 2:6) and will spend eternity with Him. That is the gospel message. Hallelujah!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, NRSV)
Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Rom. 6:4-5)
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. (Col. 2:11-12, NLT)
Resurrection power is that 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. It still offers salvation and deliverance to those who would believe. It will continue to save us until we are glorified with Jesus in heaven (1 Cor. 1:18). We are renewed and risen with Christ.