He is Risen!

Apr 7, 2023 3 min read
He is Risen!

Join us in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ as we consider how this miraculous event impacts our lives today. We hope you have a blessed and joyous Resurrection Sunday!

"And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power."

1st Corinthians 6:14

He is Risen!

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There is a temptation to allow the trials and difficulties that we face in this fallen world to distract us from recognizing the inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus. God is forever merciful though and today He graces us with an opportunity to reflect on His love and to remember the reason that we have hope for the future.

No matter how dark things may become as we traverse the valley of the shadow of death, the light of the Resurrection always breaks forth and renews our hope and faith.

On Good Friday, Christians the world over consider how the weight of our sin was borne by the Lord as He hung upon the cross. He laid down His life willingly for us in order to grant us the gift of salvation by grace.

Yet Christ's salvific work did not end with the crucifixion.

No, today we remember that He Is Risen!

The fact that Christ is no longer in the grave, that He overcame death and was raised up with a glorified body, is the reason that we as Christians have hope for our future. The Bible depicts Christ's Resurrection as the firstfruits. His Resurrection is a prelude to the General Resurrection, which will occur at the last day. Our bodies will be raised up just as His was!

We have hope for the future. Yet, the Resurrection also gives us hope for the present. Colossians 3:1 reminds us that since our life is hidden with Christ in God, we therefore have already been raised with Christ! We can live in the power of the Resurrection here and now!

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8:11 (ESV)

God is using Christians, living in Resurrection power, to spread His Kingdom on this earth today. Christ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. Then at the end, after every other enemy is vanquished, the last enemy to be destroyed is death. Christ gave us a foretaste of that great day when He, as the firstfruits, was raised from the dead.

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. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.”

1 Corinthians 15:21–27a (ESV)

I pray that God gives us the grace to appreciate the fullness of what it means to be in Christ as we celebrate His Resurrection today. Imagine what would happen in this world if everyone claiming the name of Christ truly laid hold of the promises given to us.

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