Easter is a major Christian holiday for millions of Christians that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday remembers the crucifixion and death of Christ, while Easter Sunday remembers His life and power in the resurrection.
As we celebrate Easter this year, ask yourself, what does this Easter Resurrection mean to you? Do we truly understand the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives? Christ rose from the dead and we no longer have to fear death because Christ has the victory over it. The Resurrection should be an important foundation of our faith. The Bible tells us that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to grant us salvation through him.
This salvation in Jesus’ death and resurrection did not only redeem us in death, but also in life. His sacrifice gave us life and life more abundantly. The Resurrection power shouldn’t be a moment we ultimately are waiting for after we die. The promise of God’s life giving power is for us now and who we are in Christ.
Simply, allow this Easter Resurrection to remind you that the victory is won.
Anyone in a fight or battle, wants to see the victory. Some who go into the battle may not know if they are going to win or lose. Jesus is a prime example of someone in battle for his life and hoping God allows him to not go through it. Jesus would rather not experience the battle and skip to the victory. In Jesus’ case, he believed he had the victory, but it didn’t prevent him from experiencing the battle. Feeling alone and hopeless, like many of us, he was extremely sorrowful and troubled that he had to go through a painful trial, but in order to be victorious, he had to persevere.
Do you have a dead situation in your life that needs the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ? Are you in a season where you feel abandoned by God and you don’t see any life in sight? Remember, this may be your Gethsemane and you won’t experience the Resurrection power until you go through the process.
For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT
Through the power of our resurrected Lord, there is glory after our troubles and life in our dead situations. Jesus is no longer on the cross or in the grave, but He is risen. He did this once and for all and didn’t just manifest itself on Easter Sunday but it is available to us consistently.
Lord strengthen my faith in you to resurrect my dead situations in my life and to have faith as Martha when she proclaimed, I know you can raise Lazarus from the grave. Therefore, I know you can raise my ______________ and bring new life to my situation.
I pray you would help my faith rise to such a level that the things that need to die to be re-birthed wont discourage and hinder me. I want my faith to rise to a level to enhance my relationship with YOU.
I will not only remember the sacrifice you made but the faith YOU had while sin abused and killed dreams and hopes for mankind. When the tribulation ends, your power is able to resurrect them again and it will produce a glory that will be magnificent. So it will be with me. In Jesus name...Amen.
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Writer: Rev. Melanie M. Thigpen