Easter Sunday - Let The Dead Become Alive
Easter Sunday is “Resurrection Day.” It is the day that we re-tell, re-enact- and imagine once again the mind boggling event that happened on a Sunday morning over 2000 years ago in the city of Jerusalem. For many Christians this day begins the Eastertide festival which is sort of a “resurrection party” that goes on for 50 days and culminates on the day of Pentecost. (The day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the early church.)
Easter Sunday starts with a woman visiting the tomb and finding the stone that sealed the tomb, rolled away. She enters the tomb to and is visited by Jesus who is not dead but alive. The news of a risen savior unleashes the early church in passion, love, and faith, upon an unsuspecting but hungry world.
This day and during the Easter season, we reclaim and proclaim the saving work of Christ. Death attempted to swallow into it’s tomb the very Giver of Life - who transformed that tomb into a womb of new life. Sin and death have been conquered for eternity and for the present day. The resurrection power of Jesus is at work in everyone who has said “yes” to the knock upon the door of their heart by Jesus asking to come in. They are being changed by that resurrection power into His image.
As bearers of that resurrection power and ones that are being changed into His image, (Rom 8:29) we are commissioned to join God’s great work of reconciliation, (2 Cor 5:18) bringing the world into right relationship with Him and leading them to receive that resurrection power by starting a personal relationship with Jesus. We are tasked with freely giving what we have received, (Matt 10:8) His love, His mercy, His grace, to people who have yet not received it. We are engaged with confronting the powers of our age and it’s darkness with the empowering life of Christ that is in us. (Col 1:13) This is kingdom life. This is the Easter life.
Let The Dead Become Alive
Is there a stone in front of your grave that you need Jesus to roll away?
Jesus made a very powerful and transforming statement to a lady named Martha who is known for always being busy. She was always concerned for the physical affairs of life. Many of us are like Martha and need to hear what Jesus had to say. It is recorded in the gospel of John 11:25-26. It reads
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 1 Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
Now listen to the glorious Easter story found in Luke 24:1-6
1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!
Like the crash of a celestial battering ram, the angel of the Lord announces the Lord Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. In first century Palestine, every hope, dream, longing and deep down desire, spoken or unspoken, every need of human life finds it’s fulfillment in an empty tomb.
The resurrection of Jesus is the surest sign that God not only loves the world, but has the power and authority to make all things new. (Rev 21:5) Crushing Satan under his foot, Christ has literally walked to hell and back redeeming us from the enemy of our souls. To top it all off, what does he bring back? The keys of death itself! (Rev 1:18) The lock has been unlocked. The gate is open. Death no longer can hold us. Jesus made what was supposed to be a tomb of death into a womb for everlasting life.
So this Easter Sunday morning, rise with Christ. Welcome Him to lift you out of the graves that hold you back. Allow Him to penetrate the areas of darkness that you fear with an unshakable confidence the He has and is making all things new. Join with Him in His mission of healing a broken and dying world. Show the world the unfathomable love of God that you have received by living it out in your family, community and church. Keep yourself in God’s love as you wait for His final mercy to bring you to eternal life with Him. (Jude 1:21)
Easter Sunday Prayer
Lord I ask you to lead me. I choose life over death. Teach me how to rise with you and walk in that resurrection power that you have given me. Teach me to freely give what I have received.
Easter Sunday Reflection
Now that you know that you have the resurrection power of Jesus living in you, how will you now live? What things have your received from Jesus that you need to start giving away? How will that look to you?
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