The Promise and Power of Jesus Christ's Resurrection
"...I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25
"We were buried with Him (Jesus) 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." Romans 6:4
"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..."
Easter is a time Christians celebrate by honoring and recognizing the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead; it is a season of great rejoicing. The traditional holiday that many of us grew up practicing often included the Easter bunny, egg hunts, candy, fun and games and spending time with family and friends over a big meal. Biblically speaking, there is no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the modern traditions related to Easter. For this reason, we must understand what we are actually celebrating; His resurrected power in us through Jesus Christ, the source of all life. During this season, may you be filled with peace and hope because “He is risen”!
The disobedience of Adam and Eve released a spiritual death upon all who are born. But God had a plan to destroy that death and restore His people to their proper state; a container for His power to live as ourselves on earth (II Corinthians 4:7). God came to earth and called Himself Jesus. Everything Jesus did on earth by His birth, life, death and resurrection was done for us and is recorded by our names in heaven. Because of Jesus’ obedience to God’s divine plan to defeat death, His provision for life, health and peace is released for those who accept Him as their Savior.
The most significant event in history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is essential to Christian belief because it proves the Lord is true and keeps His promises. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel of salvation would be useless, faith would be without truth and would be fruitless, witnessing about God would be false and we would still live under the control of sin and be eternally lost (Corinthians 15:14-18).
The historical event consisted of Jesus Christ, in human form, dying on the cross and three days later being resurrected from the dead to live forever. When Jesus cried, “It is finished”, He was declaring that His mission to save sinners was accomplished and God’s purpose and plan to save the world through Him was fulfilled. The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrates that believers have victory over death, have eternal life, faith and hope in God, power over sin, forgiveness of sins and justification.
The resurrection power of Jesus Christ is made possible to all who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord by faith. Faith is a gift from God; it is initiative with creativity and action. Faith isn’t attempting to get Jesus to do something; it is saying His name to release what He has already done. If our new way of life isn’t taken and lived by faith, we will return to a life attempting to do our best. Saying Jesus Christ’s name and releasing the Holy Spirit, sets off the power to produce amazing results.
The Holy Spirit gives to all who discover Him a supernatural power to live more abundantly, to create, to change and to become the complete expression of His life. The Holy Spirit makes real to us all the provisions of Jesus Christ. The provisions of Jesus Christ accomplished through His death, the shedding of His blood, the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell in believers is our potential. The provisions need to be recognized, affirmed and acted upon or they remain unformed in the substance of God. By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ and what He paid for, we accept His promise of provision for all things.
Believing we are made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ is a fresh, new and living way; one that gives us freedom, boldness and confidence. Once we have the revelation that Jesus Christ is alive and He gave us resurrection, we are more than human. We may have a human body, but we are a spirit, connected to the Holy Spirit, overcoming human limitations! As we begin to see more of the provision provided through the shed blood of Jesus, His death and His resurrection, the easier it becomes to stand fast in His new and living way.