Reflections:Jesus has Risen, So What?

12 04 2009

The  Resurrection Sunday or what is commonly known as Easter Sunday, this day is celebrated by all Christians everywhere. Other people, especially here in the Philippines, celebrate it with rituals and handed down traditions. Yet it is just right for the true child of God to commemorate and celebrate this most important event in history of mankind-the resurrection of the Saviour of the world.

But what does the resurrection really mean for us? Do we see how important it is? It means new life for us! “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (Romans 6:4, NLT) “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”(2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT) This was all possible because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. If Jesus has not been raised we have no hope and our faith is useless and we are still dead in our sins. The Apostle Paul said, “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, NASB) Another thing that the resurrection granted is victory; victory over sin and death. “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. “(1 Corinthians 15:16-17, NASB) ”We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.” (Romans 6:6-10, NLT) Let this season reminds us of our new life in Christ, to walk in newness of life and to dedicate our life for the glory of God. “So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” (Romans 6:11-13, NLT) To end I just want to share a wonderful story that beautifully illustrates the relation of Christ’ resurrection and our new life in Him. I would be quoting this story from the Devotional “Everyday with Jesus” by Selwyn Hughes on the theme “The High-Priestly Prayer” (March-April 1994) “I have heard just recently of a Sunday school class of seven to ten years old who were asked by their teacher to bring to church on Easter Sunday something that would speak of new life. One brought a tiny flower, another a stone with moss on it, another an egg. Stephen, an eight-year-old boy who was slightly retarded, brought an empty tin. “Have you forgotten something to put in this tin?” asked the teacher. “No,” said the little boy, “I haven’t forgotten anything. It represents the tomb in which Jesus lay and because it’s empty, it means new life for everyone.” It does!

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9 05 2009
Nate Brinson

He walks in you, this much is clear.

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