I love going to church on Easter Sunday and seeing the cross draped in white, the color of new life, purity, and holiness. And I love that the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated in the spring where we have daily evidences of this new life.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther
As with all things in scripture it is easy to become so familiar with the stories that they don’t affect our hearts like they should. Here are a few things I would like us to remember.
The Resurrection Involved the Trinity
Nothing short of the power of God can raise someone from the dead. In the resurrection of Jesus we see all 3 members of the Trinity participate in this amazing miracle.
God the father had his hand in the resurrection of Jesus. I love this because to me it shows the tenderness and love of a father towards his son. It’s a sign of affection after all the suffering and torture Jesus went through. Acts 13:33-34, Romans 6:4
Christ raised himself from the dead, because he is powerful like that. We tend to view Jesus as meek and mild, a sandal wearing man who had compassion on people. But he was also the almighty warrior prince, who is the creator of the heavens and the earth, who sustains our lives and who, as the Captain of the heavenly armies, defeated Satan and rescues his bride.
“Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” John 10:17,18.
But we can’t forget the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He also played an active and vital role in this divine act of resurrection. (1 Pe. 3:18, Rom. 8:11)
The Resurrection Completes Our Salvation
The resurrection is the piece that completes our salvation. It was through his life that we received his righteousness and it was through Christ’s death that we received the forgiveness of sin, but it was through his resurrection that our righteousness and forgiveness were sealed. Rising from the dead Christ broke once and for the all the powers of death and hell.
Therefore we can say with boldness, “death where is your victory?” and know with confidence that while death is real it cannot hold us down for long.
The Resurrection Gives Us Power
Can you believe that the same power that raised Jesus from death lives within us? This always amazes me.
We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Through the resurrection we have been given the power to overcome sin and to live a godly life. Don’t listen to Satan’s whispered lies that you can never change or overcome your struggles. When you feel defeated remember who lives within you! Remember the power that you have inherited and go boldly into your day.
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
—John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople; sermon, ca. 400
Looking To Jesus,