What The Resurrection Means To Me

Because Jesus rose from the dead, I don’t have to wonder if life has meaning. It does. History has a point. A very important point. I am here for a reason. That reason centers in a resurrected Lord. So I am not here to simply do whatever I want. I am here to serve Him. The resurrection means I have good news to share with others. The grave is not our end. God has a destiny in mind for us. He wants us home with Him forever. But we can frustrate that purpose of God if we refuse to embrace the resurrection and its meaning. How do we embrace that meaning? The Bible tells us that when one is buried with Jesus in baptism, they are raised with Him in a new life (Romans 6:4). The resurrection of Christ means that we have an opportunity for a new spiritual life. Praise God, we can begin all over again! And we are not left to do this on our own. We have resurrection power at work within us (Ephesians 1:19). I don’t know everything that means, but it means we have a mighty power available to us in Christ to help us do His will. In a very real sense, Jesus’ resurrection day was His birthday (Acts 13:33). It was also the birthday of our help…our hope…our courage…our efforts to help others. We don’t have to fear sin, He has overcome it. We don’t have to fear suffering, He won’t leave us alone in it. We don’t have to fear death’s house, He has the keys to it.We don’t have to fear tomorrow, because we know it is in His hands. In the words of a Gaither hymn, “because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” Our hope, like our Lord, is living! If our Lord were not living, our hope would be dead. But because He lives, we live also.

”The stars shine over the ocean. The stars shine over the sea. The stars shine up to heaven. The stars shine down on me. The stars may shine for a million years, a million years and a day. But God and I will live and love, when all the stars have passed away.”

That’s what the resurrection means to me.


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