Today, Christians around the world are celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after dying on the cross on Good Friday. It is traditional for many to attend services on this special day.
In this post I want to go beyond the traditional crucifixion message commemorating the resurrection. It is still an very important message to celebrate each year. Yet, God’s plan involves redeeming and reconciling man unto Himself and restoring all things to His original intent in the Book of Genesis.
Resurrection Sunday is a time we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave on the third day after His crucifixion. To commemorate is to recall and show respect for (someone or something). So today we celebrate all that Jesus paid a very hefty price for …. our salvation.
It is finished!
Prophesy was fulfilled of the Messiah in Isaiah 53. Jesus took upon Himself our pain and bore our suffering. He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace (shalom) was on him, and by His wounds we are healed. The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. It was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and make His life an offering for sin. By His knowledge God’s righteous servant suffered to justify many, and bear their iniquities. Jesus poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
So what does this mean for the believer?
We have been forgiven of our sins and made righteous, yet there is so much more. Your position in Christ is “in Him.” Your new creation identity is “in Him”. The old things have passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Cor. 5:17).
God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21).
He offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. (Heb. 10:12)
You are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace, through the redemption which is provided in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:24).
Consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:11).
The Scriptures also says the following:
— “and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.
1 John 4:17 — “as He is, so are we in this world.”
Colossians 3:1 — “If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
Philippians 3:20 — “For our citizenship is in heaven.”
Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Colossians 1:13 — “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
Colossians 3:3 — “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Ephesians 1:3 — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Romans 8:1 — “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
1 John 1:7 — “, and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin.”
Romans 8:2 — “For the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
1 John3:2 — “Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be.”
Knowing these powerful truths about your identity in Christ should stabilize you in God’s grace. Jesus defeated sin and death, dethroned Satan, eternally stripped him of his authority, and granted you His divine nature and authority to live and do what is right, act justly and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).
Our citizenship is in heaven, but we are not waiting to die and go to heaven our eternal home (Phil. 3:20-21). Christ “is the head of the body, the church. Albeit wonderful to celebrate His resurrection each year the call of God to the church is bigger than Sunday service, Bible Study, and annual celebrations. Christ left the church the assignment and responsibility of doing even greater works than He did while here on earth because He went to the Father (Jn. 14:12).
The church’s commission is to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20). That includes all believers.
Christ in you is the hope of glory!
God has always desired to dwell in and among His people. He has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
Let us celebrate by living righteously, showing kindness, acting justly, and doing the work Jesus left us to do.
If we have been raised up with Christ, let us keep seeking the things above. Let’s go beyond the resurrection and prepare for the coming glory and soon return of Christ!
Happy Resurrection Sunday!