Sunday, April 24, 2011

Christ's Power

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On Friday we mourned the death of our Lord and Savior, commemorating the absolute solitude and silence He experienced in order to fulfill God's just wrath for our sins. Now we have the blessing of the full revelation God's will - that Jesus conquered death by death and He is risen!

Many saints have written on the subject of Christ's resurrection. I'm not attempting to add anything new, but simply to contemplate His wonderful truth for a couple of reasons:

First, to give full glory to God for His perfect plan and faithfulness to His promise. John's Gospel explains that the Word (Jesus) was with God in the beginning and that everything that was made came through Him (John 1:1-3). Then in Genesis 3:15, God's plan was revealed. All He had to do was carry out this plan across thousands of years, through a faithless and rebellious people. Against all odds, God kept His promise! Hallelujah!

Second, to give myself (and hopefully all who read this) the full opportunity to delight myself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4) and worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). By recognizing the steadfast love and wisdom of God in the fulfillment of His plan and promise, I can respond to Him in the way that brings Him glory. Through the indwelling of the Spirit in me, my mind can understand the incredible gift of life Jesus has given, so that my heart can swell with emotional praise and reverent worship. Here, God is glorified in me!

On the cross, Jesus was guilty. Despised. Rejected. Dead.

But because of the empty tomb, Jesus proved He was innocent. Obedient. Loving. Alive!

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The universe that God created will never be the same because of this day. Jesus' resurrection from the dead forever changed the future, both immediate and eternal, for all of us. We were destined for hell, but through His conquering of hell and rising to glory, He has given us the hope of life. We are no longer slaves of our sin, living in the impending death of our mortal bodies, helplessly separated from God. No, we are more than conquerors because of Jesus! We can live abundantly as He lives in us, in constant communion with our Maker and our Father, knowing that one day soon we will be remade into our spiritual bodies for eternal joy in the presence of our Savior.

Martin Luther once said, "There are only two days on my calendar: Today and That Day." Well, today is Easter! May you live each day like today - in praise with the knowledge and gift of Jesus Christ's salvation - as you look forward to that day. He is risen!

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