Resurrection – what difference does it make?

Jenny ThompsonPosted on Monday, April 8, 2013 by Jenny Thompson

The death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is everything!

These events are the most pivotal events in history. This is absolutely fundamental to our Christian faith!

There is nothing that has happened previously, or since, which surpasses these events! The Apostles Creed, which is widely used in western churches, also states this. The central doctrines of the Creed also include the Trinity and God as the Creator.

Peter said,

“So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were travelling with the Lord Jesus — from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22

We have also been chosen by God to not only enjoy forgiveness and to be in relationship with Him, but also to be a witness to others of Jesus’ resurrection. So there is this sense in which we follow on from where the apostles finished. So the resurrection has made it possible for us to know God. And the resurrection has made it possible for us not to fear death and the future. Wonderful!

However, the resurrection means so much more to us in our everyday lives.

The Resurrection energises us

Paul tells us,

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8:11

This is such a powerful verse!

Christianity is living in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ now. We need Him to energise us with His resurrection life so that we can live lives that become increasing pleasing to Him.

The Resurrection is a ‘now’ journey for us

It is going from Jesus on the cross to Jesus’ resurrection encompasses our lifetime.

He took us on that journey of understanding in order to bring us to that place of receiving Him personally into our lives. One day we will see Him in His Glory. If the resurrection is going to motivate our lives today, then our hope of the resurrection should be expressed every day of our lives.

So our response is to say ‘yes’ to living the resurrection today, tomorrow and every day of our lives. This will continue to gradually change our lives.

The Resurrection means we have the family name

Jesus brings us to the Father. Jesus, by dying for us, has given us that sense of belonging.

All of our lives we strive to be accepted for ourselves, and suddenly we know that acceptance is in being called by the “family” name. We are sons and daughters of the living God. The Father is Jesus’ father, and the Father is our father. Acceptance is then for us in His name. We recognize that name, and the way that it is said gives us cause to believe that we really do belong; we really are part of His family.

The resurrection gives us access to heaven Paul tells us,

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ.”
1 Timothy 2:5

Through the cross, Jesus has given us access to the Father. So the awareness of Jesus in our daily lives increases as we continue to understand that His resurrection life is living on the inside of us. In the intensity of a passionate love affair with Jesus, the desire to be possessed by Jesus grows. So Jesus has made it possible for us to have a foothold in heaven now, and He is our access to the Father.

The Resurrection is the Sun of God shining in us

What we look at, we become. The more we look at Him the more like Him we will become.

The truth of the resurrection grace is that the Son of God is like the morning sun. As Jesus comes up in our lives, the darkness is pushed away. With the rising of the Son of God in our hearts in the power of the resurrection, we find Him in so many more areas in our lives.

So the resurrection determines how we think every day, because as believers we will think about those things that are good and a blessing to others. Also it affects what we do as our actions will display that we love God.

Finally, the resurrection is a matter of life and death. The believer who dies loving Jesus will be with Him, but the unbeliever that dies will live a life of separation from God.

Let’s remind ourselves on a daily basis that the power of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ is actually living on the inside of us, and by saying ‘yes’ every day, we will continue to be changed!

As Jesus comes up in our lives, increasingly the darkness will be pushed away. Hallelujah!

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