Today we celebrate the day our Savior conquered the grave and took back the keys of death – forever. It is the day death was arrested and our lives truly began. It is refreshing knowing that we can have a new life in Christ thanks to the sacrifice He put forth on our behalf – it speaks loud and joyous volumes of the new opportunities we have day after day to embrace a “newness of life” and progress in our relationship with Him. Not only does it exemplify his astounding grace and mercy, but it also reveals His wonderful and amazing power and reign. But what does this truly mean for us? How does His resurrection that occurred years ago still apply?
First, let's clarify that Jesus stays the same. The same Jesus that was nailed to the cross for you is the same One we pray to, fellowship with, and will eventually see one day in person. So, His sacrifice and faithfulness to us will never ever go dry. It is just as fervent and passionate as it was then.
Therefore, never deny the longevity and eternal factor in all He does. His resurrection and its enormous impacts are not temporary. Christ did not come to this earth, put Himself through rough persecution, and endure a long and suffering death just to put forth a sacrifice and offer that was limited to a certain people or time. He died for generations and generations to come. His resurrection and its aftermath still stands: He is extending His hand in love to bring upon a new life in each who draws near.
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
Friends, you are in relation with a God who not only died for you, but conquered death just so you could have a new life in His Name. And nothing could ever take away from His Sacrifice to change that. Think about your past. You can leave that where it is supposed to be, in the past, go to Him about it, and restart. That is what His resurrection does for us! It gives us newness of life, a “recharging” so to speak.
“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” (Romans 6:9)
Another beautiful thing? Christ will never die – ever again. Death no longer has control over Him and that includes us. We are His body, His bride, and His Children. We are apart of Him and He is a part of us. Remember, when Saul was persecuting the church, Jesus appeared to him and asked, “Why do you persecute me?” Saul was persecuting the body but Jesus referred to them as “me,” implying that what goes with the body is what goes with Jesus (and vice versa). Because death has no dominion over our Lord, nor does it have dominion over us!
Friends, take the rest of your day to thank God for His amazing sacrifice and the precious gift of His resurrection. It truly proves that God is greater than all sin – including yours. No thing or person can overcome what He has already set to be – eternal life for all who believe in Him. Rejoice in knowing that He is Risen!