April 12th, 2023
Hey Church Family!We are people of the Resurrection. We have a hope that God will one day do for us what he did for Jesus. We will be resurrected in such a way that death, disease, and decay can no longer touch us. God will undo the effects of sin in our lives. It will be a wonderful day.
But we don't just look forward to that future day. We also live the resurrection today. You and I can experience resurrection life today. New life, today. New hope. New peace. New joy. New satisfaction. All because of Christ's resurrection. As people of the resurrection, there ought to be something different about you because of your relationship with Christ. There ought to be something that has died and was buried with Christ, and in its place, a new resurrected life, with Christ, in its place. People ought to look at you and say, "Something is different... what's going on?" To which you and and ought to be able to say boldly, "Yeah, the old me was crucified with Christ and was buried. I've been raised to new life in Christ."
The thing that keeps so many of us from experiencing that new life now, is the way through which we experience new life. You see, Christ only experienced resurrection by first going to the cross. And if Christ went to the cross, so will you and I. There is this counter intuitive principle that shows up over and over in Scripture: life comes through death.
What kind of death? What does that look like for you and me? It looks an awful lot like laying aside the rights to be lord and master of your own life. It looks a lot like surrender. It looks like giving over control. It looks like Jesus praying in the garden, "Not my will, but Your will be done."
Here are some questions to reflect on as people of the Resurrection:
If you have experienced new life in Christ, how are you different from before? What has changed in your life since Jesus came into your life? What do you need to surrender or give up in order to deny yourself and follow Jesus? What have you given up in order to follow Jesus? Was it worth it?
I pray you have a blessed week!
Together in Christ,
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