For those reading this blog, Easter Sunday has passed. But that is just a day when most of the traditional Christian Church makes a special remembrance of Christ’s resurrection. It is true, this is an event that happened three days after His crucifixion, but I want us to consider that there is much more to the resurrection than an empty tomb or just one day a year to remember His resurrection.
It is the PERSON! “Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25). This simple statement was perhaps hard for Mary, Martha, or even the disciples, to understand until the Spirit had come at Pentecost. Peter, filled with the Spirit says, “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24). Jesus often instructed His disciples about His death, and then added, “and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). He knew that resurrection power was in Himself and that death and the tomb could not hold Him.
What does this mean for us who believe in Jesus as our Savior? Just before going to the cross, Jesus tells His disciples; “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). There was no question in His mind that He would rise into resurrection life. That would be the means of our living for God by His life in us.
This is why Paul counted everything in the past; all his accomplishments as rubbish. He wanted to “know Him [Jesus] and the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). Resurrection power in the believer is experienced as we “live by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). What power do you want to live by? Any other power accomplishes nothing for God!
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