The Resurrection in Retrospect

It’s the day after Easter, and many have made an end to their celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Many pastors no doubt preached an awesome word surrounding the events that led up to Jesus getting up on that early Sunday morning two thousand plus years ago. The amazing thing to me is that we spend so much more time in preparation and celebration of Christ’s birth, when it is His resurrection that truly gives us a justifiable reason to be able to even celebrate His birth.

The Resurrection from Grünewald's Isenheim Alt...

The Resurrection from Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece was a direct influence on Three Studies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Without His death, we too would be dead. We can no more call ourselves Christians, apart from a risen Christ, than we can lay claim to any natural inheritance without someone in the natural dying and having left a will. What truly amazes me more is that on the day that He was resurrected, it was no ordinary resurrection. The interesting thing about His resurrection is that prior to His death, He was the one who resurrected the dead by calling the forth. When He died, there was no one other than God Himself who could have called Him forth.

Unlike the resurrections performed by Jesus, God called forth more than Jesus alone. We who have accepted Him as savior, having taken our sins upon the cross, have in essence died with Him. If we died with Him, we must conclude also that when He rose, we rose with Him. Yet, Christ desired that we would gain more than an eternal salvation through the resurrection that was done that day.

His Desire Is:

  • To Resurrect Your Life: It is an amazing thing to consider the life we have been promised in the hereafter. That is the hope of our calling. But Christ declared that He came so that we would have life, and that more abundantly. We should have an expectation that there is a better life to have on this side of Glory. Life before Christ does not compare to the life of one who sees the Kingdom of Heaven revealed in their life. It is the revelation of the kind of life that God afforded in The Garden.
  • To Resurrect Your Original Purpose: Along with your life, he desired to resurrect your original purpose. The crux of our makeup was that we were purposed to be producers and problem solvers. As an extension of Him in the earth, we are to reflect the order and operation of His Kingdom while we are here on earth, just as He has done so in Heaven.
  • To Resurrect Your Dreams: Throughout your life, God gave you dreams. And for whatever reason throughout your life, those dreams died. Some of those dreams that God gave He put in you from way before you even knew about it. His desire is to resurrect those dreams, because they fit into a grand design that was laid out in eternity. There is no greater feeling than to know that you are fulfilling those things that make you glad to be alive.

Keeping this all in mind, it should be enough to make you say, “Hey, I can celebrate Resurrection Day every day.” If you’ve been raised with Christ, wake up every day with the thought that there was a great deal more wrapped in that day than what you customarily hear about in a fifteen to ninety minute Easter sermon. Get excited about your life. Get excited about your purpose in it. Get excited about those dreams that you thought died long ago. He wants your new life to be filled to overflow. “Look and live. My brothers and sisters, live. Look to Jesus now and live.”

QUESTION: Have you considered all of the things that were resurrected with Christ? How has that impacted your life?

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