Did You Know We Receive 12 Gifts
because Jesus Rose Again?
We all get excited about Easter! Springtime with beautiful Lilies! Bunnies bearing chocolate! New brightly-colored outfits! Hope and vibrance fill the air! But what is EASTER all about? Only THE GREATEST EVENT IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY!!! And each and every life is touched by it!
What The Resurrection Means Between Us and God!
First of all, whenever you think of Easter, think of how deeply the Lord loves you. If you ever doubt, you need look no further than Jesus’ outstretched arms on the cross. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for His friends.” (John 15:13) While we spat in His face, He pleaded, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” True Love. Unconditional. Unending. Unfathomable.
And there’s more! Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” So that means He took our sins and we take His righteous standing. Yes! That is the truth of the Gospel! Doesn’t quite sound fair to Jesus, does it? He doesn’t mind. By surrendering our life to Jesus, our debt of sin is paid in full! And according to 2nd Corinthians 5:21 (& more) we stand perfectly innocent and holy before God! Now that just sounds toooooo good to be true! We don’t have to earn our way to heaven! We don’t have to earn His love!
Did you know Jesus’ resurrection means that the Father accepted Jesus’ perfect life and death sacrifice completely? “He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb 10:12) Jesus is Fully God and Fully Man. Jesus was the only One who could live a perfect life and die an atoning death for us! And He did it! How do we know for sure? Because He AROSE!
If you ever have doubts about Jesus’ deity, look at the Resurrection and Romans 1:4 “He was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus said He would rise the third day, and sure enough, He did! Who else can do that?! Only God. Just like Thomas, we fall to our knees, crying, “My Lord, and My God!”
Have you ever thought about it, that we are staking our eternal future on Jesus’ power over death? Well, we are in very capable hands, as it says in (1st Cor. 15) “O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” He alone came back from the grave. Buddha didn’t. Mohammad didn’t. Confucius didn’t. Only Jesus conquered death!
What The Resurrection Means For Us In This Life!
How Wonderful! Amazing! Terrific! For Heaven. But how does it affect us now? We have bills to pay. We get sick. We have struggles and turmoil! We have issues!
Well, if Jesus was true about His Resurrection when He said, “No one has taken it (my life) away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”, then EVERY WORD He says is true. Find out what His promises are (see ReachALifeToday.com/Gods-Promises) and you can take `em to the bank, because they are guaranteed! He has the power and He is good. He is TRUTH.
And what impact does the resurrection have on the purpose of our lives? It means our lives are REDEEMED! He didn’t pay for our sins with money. He paid with His own blood, to free us from the clutches of the enemy. “You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19) So we know He’s going to make our lives into something remarkable – a shining testimony to His love and mercy!
Some folks think they’ve got to live for God on their own strength. Well that’s simply ridiculous! We’d run out of gas before we left the driveway! No, no! We get the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead! Get this! “But 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) That’s some serious power for living! So let’s believe it and live like it!
Did you know Jesus is praying for you? Right now?! “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25) He’s pullin’ for you. Cheering you on. His prayers always get answered with a Big Fat YES! And He is always right beside us as our closest companion, no matter what. Because He is Alive!
What The Resurrection Means For Us In The Next Life!
The blessings from Jesus’ resurrection are awesome! But we are only here for a little while. How does the resurrection impact our eternity?
You’re going to love this! We will receive a brand-spanking new resurrected body! Jesus was the first to resurrect and we’ll get a body just like His! He could do amazing things in His resurrected body – you can read about it in the Gospels and Acts. FYI – He ate! That’s a good thing because we’re going to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! Yum! But this body will never get sick or tired… won’t even be able to get hurt! And best of all, it won’t have any sin AT ALL!!! HOO-RAY!!! “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” (1 Cor. 15:49) That heavenly man is Jesus!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-4) Because Jesus rose, He has an eternal inheritance waiting for us! That’s forever! Nothing can happen to our inheritance because Jesus paid for it – He is alive - and He has our names written all over it!
Imagine living rent free! No taxes! No debt! No sickness! No doctors! No firefighters! No police! No worries! No fear! No death! No loneliness. No sadness. Only complete bliss forever. Complete Love. Complete Oneness with God. That’s what Jesus’ resurrection has accomplished for us! “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14) We will be together, safe, forever, with the One who loves us most, and with all those dear to us who love Him too!
Thank You Jesus for your sacrificial, atoning death for me. Thank You that You rose from that tomb and You always live to pray for me and abide with me. It seems way too good to be true that my sins are blotted out, and that I stand perfect and innocent. But I believe. Thank You for redeeming my life from the enemy who was out to destroy me. Thank You for how You are at work in my life and the power of Your resurrection in my life. I believe every word You say. I believe that You are the Son of God and You alone have power over death! So thank You for the confidence I have that You will raise me from the dead, give me an eternal inheritance, and we will be together forever. How can all of this be mine? I just shake my head in wonder at Your great love.