I can remember receiving candy at Easter when I was a child. My parents or my grandparents would give me a chocolate Easter bunny, wrapped in colorful cellophane. That chocolate rabbit was huge. I couldn't wait to open it up and begin eating. That much chocolate, I thought, would take several days to eat, even if I worked hard at it. I unwrapped the cellophane, held the big chocolate Easter bunny in my hands, and took my first bite out of one of the bunny's ears.
I expected my teeth to sink into a thick, creamy piece of solid chocolate. Instead, I bit into a thin chocolate shell. The rabbit was hollow. There was no chocolate inside. It was empty. That was always a big disappointment for me.
Remove the truth of the death and resurrection of Jesus from the Christian message and the message becomes hollow. Without the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we have only the legacy of a great teacher and miracle worker who made some great claims, then died unjustly and disappointedly.
With the resurrection, we have a risen Savior who conquered death and sin and Hell and who gives life to all who believe in Him. Paul wrote, "If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty."
But because He is risen we have assurance and hope. He who came to save us, He who bled and died, now is crowned with glory at His Father's side:
Never more to suffer, never more to die, Jesus, King of glory, is gone up on high. Praying for His children in that blessed place, calling them to glory, sending them His grace: His bright home preparing, faithful ones, for you. Jesus ever liveth, ever loveth too.
To live in light of the resurrection means to live in such a way that the fear of what can harm you is removed. Jesus defeated the powers of evil when He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:24).
To live in light of the resurrection means that there is hope that greater things are yet to come. Jesus assures us through His resurrection that we will also rise again one day (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)! It also means that the relationship between you and Jesus is strengthened. We can identify with Jesus in knowing that we will share in His inheritance through the resurrection (Romans 6:5-9).
Today, live with this in mind. Keep your mind on these things above, and let not sin have sway over you!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Today as you pray …
Ask God to give you faith to long for the resurrection.
Ask God to give you the zeal to share your faith with others.
Trust God that He will protect you as His child.
Believe that He is coming again to take His church!
Posted on 03/19/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under