Entering the start of Spring and slowly seeing the chill of winter dissipate, we might be reminded of the newness of life that Christ brings to us as we celebrate and commemorate His resurrection almost 2000 years ago. We can find new joy, new peace, new hope, and new faith in remembering that great day.
But we can also find a new understanding of what Christ gave to us through His Resurrection, even as He came in His glorified body walking and talking with His disciples before He returned to the Father.
During this season of the Risen One, let us reflect on the fact that His Resurrection does many magnificent things for us every day of our lives in Him. Consider these few things among the vast number of blessings He gave to us through the Resurrection.
Through His Resurrection, we have:
1) The right to be called the children of God. Through Him, we can now be called “the sons [and daughters] of God”. Sin cut us off from being the children of God, for in Jesus’ family tree in Luke 3:38, Adam is called “the son of God”.
When Adam fell into sin, his birthright as the son of God was altered and we became sons of Adam because of sin. When Jesus’ death and resurrection took place, we were given that birthright back – John 1:11-13 tells us that “He came to His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name, who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God. “ (MKJV)
2) The right to have eternal life. His death gave us atonement for sin, but it was His Resurrection that gave us eternal life. If Christ had only died for us, we would have only been able to say that our sins were forgiven – we still wouldn’t have eternal life. But because of His Resurrection, we now have the right to live with Him for all eternity. We do not doubt His Resurrection as the world does, because in the Risen Savior, we have all our hope, all our being.
Paul sums up the value of the Risen Savior in 1ST Corinthians 15:12-17, “Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (KJV)
Paul is simply telling the church at Corinth that they cannot argue about whether the dead in Christ will be raised up because Christ guarantees us eternal life by way of His own Resurrection. If God raised Him for our sakes, then He will raise us from the dead for Christ’s sake.
In other words, we do not have to worry about having eternal life if God raised Jesus – His Resurrection is our proof that we will be raised up too, because if God did not raise Jesus, then everything we believe would be in vain and useless. But thanks be to God that we have blessed assurance in Christ’s Resurrection.
3) The right to not only be with Him, but to have a new body like His. In John’s first epistle, the beloved disciple tells us, “Behold what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1st John 2:1-2, MKJV).
John guarantees us that Christ will come back for us and when He does return (when He is revealed), we who are saved, will not only see Him in His glorified body, but we will be given bodies like His also. Again, John reminds us that we are the children of God, therefore, we have a “God given guarantee of this promise.
Paul sums it up in this way – 1st Cor. 15:51-53 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (KJV)
4) The right to speak directly with our Father in Heaven. As children of God, we can take our requests and petitions directly to Him in prayer because Christ advocates (speaks on behalf of) for us. We have an iron clad guarantee that God not only hears our prayers, but His dear Son who now sits on the right hand of the Father, also speaks up for our needs. By calling Jesus our “advocate”, we can pray in confidence that Christ acts as our supporter, our sponsor, and that He will back us up in our time of need. John puts it this way
– “My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” ( 1st John 2:1, MKJV) The Good News Bible words that same verse like this – “I am writing this to you, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf—Jesus Christ, the righteous one.” Not even our faults, shortcomings, or sin can stop us from being recognized by God if we are truly saved. Even as Paul tells us, what can separate us from the love of Christ? – Nothing! (Rom. 8:35-39).
Lastly, we have assurance that Christ through His Resurrection, not only gives us the ability to be called children of God, to have eternal life, to communicate with the Father, and to have an Advocate, but He makes joint-heirs with Him (Rom. 8:17) .
In other words, He makes us kings like He, Himself, is. We can also rest assured that our prayers and our living are not in vain. Through His Resurrection, Christ can give us an “audience” with the King of creation. For in olden days, if you yourself were not also a king, the only way that you could speak to the king was to ask his son or another close to the king for permission. If you dared approach the king without permission from the king’s son (or another), you were immediately put to death. That is why the beloved disciple John tells us “We should be called the sons of God” (KJV).
John also tells us that we are not only given an advocate with the Father, but Christ actually makes us kings so that we are completely worthy to speak to the Father. In Revelation 1:5-6, John lets us know – “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood; And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father. ” (KJV).
From just these 4 things alone, we have a testimony to the world concerning why we rejoice and celebrate His Resurrection – not just at Easter, but throughout the year, throughout our lives. As the songwriter wrote,
“Because He lives,
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives”.
May this Resurrection season fill you with a resurrected faith and hope in our Risen Lord and may you joyously treasure what that glorious Day means especially for You.