What does Christ’s resurrection mean to you? Is it simply an event in the distant past with little relevance for 2017, or does it affect how you think and act each day? Many people look at Easter as an occasion for attending church, purchasing new clothes, and maybe even pulling out the salmon colored pants (they’re not pink, I swear!). But it’s not just a day to celebrate the empty tomb and then move on as if nothing has changed.
Since we didn’t personally witness the risen Christ after his burial, imagining that first Easter morning is difficult. And because we’re so familiar with it we run the risk of taking the resurrection for granted and missing the impact it still has today.
In 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, the Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of why the Resurrection still matters today. He writes in verses 21-22, “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Jesus died in our place to satisfy the requirement for our atonement—a price far too high for us to pay. His resurrection proves that the Father was satisfied with His sacrifice and counted it sufficient for the forgiveness of all our sins. And because of Christ’s victory over death, we too will be resurrected and receive an imperishable inheritance reserved for us in heaven.
So, if we attend an Easter service but remain unchanged for the rest of the year, we’ve missed the purpose of the resurrection. Each day is an opportunity to let the living Christ impact our character, conduct, and conversation and to live differently than we would be living if he hadn’t resurrected and defeated death. In essence, we are displaying God’s nature with a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love when we live in light of the resurrection.
In short, the resurrection fills us with power to do the right thing and to live in way that honors Jesus’ sacrifice for us. It’s a resurrection power! A power that enables us to suffer well, glorify God, and tells others about Christ without fear. This Easter would you commit to a new wonder and appreciation for the Resurrection?
Jesus, I believe you resurrected from the grave. I believe you rose victoriously over death and you would not be held down by death. And I want to live in that resurrection power today. I want to walk through my day aware of you, Holy Spirit, and to willingly give my day to you for your purposes and your glory. I pray that you would bring many new people to Passion for Easter and that we would have the privilege of seeing them cross the line of faith and become Christ-centered people. I love you, Jesus! Amen.