April 1, 2018

Resurrection 101: Life-Changing Truths



Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:--1 Peter 1: 3-6 (KJV)

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ…How do we truly honor such an earth-shattering (literally) event? How does one go beyond the celebrations and commercialism? Is it possible to explore the basic, profound value this event has for each of us? Yes! Here are a few quotes and thoughts related to the subject:

 How Does Christ’s Resurrection Benefit Us?”, Kevin DeYoung, thegospelcoalition.org
  • Overcomes death
  • Gives us new bodies/ renews our minds
  • Guarantees our own glorious resurrection

The Savior paid the penalty we should have paid.  He is the substitute for every lash and blow we deserve. (Note: That has a lot of meaning for me, because I’m a substitute teacher. When the teacher isn’t there, I’m responsible for everything, including the safety, behavior, and instruction of the students. I am the instructor at that moment, for all intents and purposes. The buck stops with me.)

Let us Never Grow Weary of the Cross”, Kevin DeYoung, thegospelcoalition.org
The Resurrection has many levels of meaning. The importance of it cannot be overstated. This is an excellent article that reminds us to return to the simple lessons:
  • Joy in suffering
  • Victory in defeat
  • Moving from darkness into light

My Conclusion

“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”—Romans 4:25 (KJV)

Jesus Christ is our advocate. Google Dictionary defines advocate as, “publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy”.  Synonyms include champion, supporter, and promoter.

The bottom line is that Jesus Christ is for us because of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. That’s unbelievably powerful!  In the Garden of Gethsemane (Hebrew for “olive/oil press”) He was actually pressed down with our needs—every one of us. He felt our sorrow so much he bled from every pore. This quote says it all:

“He felt all of our pains, afflictions, temptations, sicknesses, and infirmities.”—Jean Bingham, “That Your Joy Might Be Full”

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What does the Resurrection mean to you?