Living the Resurrection
I love Easter. Love it. Like a little kid I get so excited every year. Easter Sunday just feels like what church should be. The energy, the music, the celebration, the constant wonderful refrain of “He is risen, He is risen indeed” filling the halls, the truth of the resurrection and the joy celebrating it. There is just something special about the church gathering on Easter. There’s a certain power to it that is hard to explain. But, last Easter as I was washing the dishes later in the evening after all the celebration and festivities were over, the Lord smacked me with a holy 2x4 by bringing a verse to my mind. It was Rom 8:11 where the apostle Paul writes, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you…” Bam! This one hit me right between the eyes pleading with me to recognize the even greater truth of Easter Sunday. Easter is a joyous time. Why? Well besides the traditional nature of holiday, I think that it has something to do with the fact that we gather every year to celebrate of the truth of the resurrection and the fact that Jesus didn’t stay dead, but rose from the grave and conquered sin and death. That is definitely some good news worth celebrating! So every year when it comes to Easter we get a glimpse at the power, love, joy, and hope that is the resurrection because every year we gather to remind ourselves of the truth of what Jesus did. Scripture, however, doesn’t leave all that good stuff for just a single Sunday a year. Paul reminds us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now dwelling in us who believe. The truth is the power of the resurrection is not something to just believe or celebrate, but it is something in which to live. God, by His Holy Spirit, has given us tremendous power for today, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus didn’t just burst forth from that tomb 2000 years ago so we could go to heaven when we die (although we get that too). He also rose from the dead so that we could live in the power of the kingdom in the here and now, so that we could have victory over sin and Satan in our lives today. It doesn’t mean we don’t struggle, or stumble or even fall. We are still waiting for Jesus to return to consummate His redemption plan. But it does mean that we can live with the power of the kingdom of God every day. So let’s live that way because Jesus died and rose again so that we could!