Is the fact of Jesus’ resurrection a front-thought, an after-thought, or not-a-thought in your spiritual life? Be honest with yourself, which “thought” describes the place given to Jesus’ resurrection in your spiritual life? Notice I wrote “Jesus’ resurrection”, not “the resurrection.” Why is it important to be thinking about Jesus’ resurrection in itself in addition to our more common thoughts of the final resurrection which is out there someday? Here are five reasons you should move Jesus’ resurrection into the forefront of your thinking this Holy Week (and always).
1. Jesus is alive… so our enemies, sin and death, have been dealt a fatal blow. They are unable to condemn or enslave those of us who are justified in Christ (Rom. 4:23-25; 6:3-12).
2. Jesus is alive… so we do not only trust in a sacrificial savior on a cross; we worship a living, powerful, present and personal Lord who is interceding for us (Rom. 8:33-34; Eph. 1:18-23; Rev. 1:12-18).
3. Jesus is alive… so He has sent the Holy Spirit to us so we can begin to live resurrection life now while anticipating even more abundant life in the yet to come resurrection into a new creation (1 Peter 1:3; Col. 3:1-4).
4. Since Jesus is alive… our identity is not only that of a forgiven sinner waiting for heaven, but that of a new creation, set apart to serve Jesus today (Eph. 1:1; Phi. 1:1; Col. 1:2; 2 Cor. 5:15-17; Rom. 7:5-6).
This Holy Week, move the fact and significance of Jesus’ resurrection to the forefront of your thinking. May your faith in the resurrection of Jesus give you both comfort in the face of death and great hope and power in the face of life. Resurrection life has begun… live it.
He is Risen!
On behalf of the FBC Elders.