Wow, this is the final week of our Luke study! You should all be very proud of yourself for making it to the last week. Yay!!
Last week was a sad and joyful week as we saw Christ tortured and put to death. This week we get to celebrate his resurrection. Never forget that all of these events were done for you and me!
All of Christ’s suffering and his death would have been meaningless if he had not risen again. The resurrection completes Christ’s work of salvation. But it is also very practical for our lives.
Here are a few things we gain from his resurrection:
1. A completed salvation
“[Christ} was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:25
Through the resurrection God validated our forgiveness and showed to all Christ’s dominion over life and death, heaven and hell, the works of man and our sin.
2. Death defeated
but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10
We no longer need to fear illness and death. Christ knows what it is like to suffer in our bodies and he has perfect compassion so we are never left without a comforter. Death marks the beginning of life for a Christian because we have been promised a resurrection of our own, one that includes a perfect body and perfect holiness.
3. We have been given power to defeat sin
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now resides in us so that we are able to overcome sin, to resist temptation, to do what is right.
4. Power to live a righteous life.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Because of the Christ rising from the dead we are raised to a new life. A life that makes it possible for us to live righteously.
Many of us have heard the crucifixion and resurrection story a million times and we have lost some of that awe and excitement that we once had.
My challenge for us this week is that we meditate on the resurrection of Jesus pray that God would ignite a fire of awe and excitement regarding the resurrection.
Everyday write down one way the resurrection impacts your daily life.
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