by Gerald Bontrager on April 11, 2020
April 09, 2020
Throughout history of all mankind, there has never been a more powerful event than the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He did what no other man or religion could ever do. He conquered death. And He lives still today. Critics have tried hard to find holes in the resurrection story; skeptics have attempted to prove it didn’t happen. Yet His power continues to impact and change lives. Historical evidence and scriptural truth continue to remind a lost world that Jesus indeed did rise again. And He’s made a huge difference in so many of our lives and in our world because of it.
We’ll looked at the first four in the last post.
Here are the remaining four.
5. It means that we can have hope.
“That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:18-21
Because His power over the grave is living hope, the hope that Christ offers us it’s constant, active, and it lasts forever. It’s never dependent on us and our own abilities; it’s only found in Him. In a world of darkness, we often feel that we’re up against hard struggles, or we’re constantly battling fears and worries that seek to overwhelm us. It’s easy sometimes to lose our hope.
Maybe we’ve tried to put our hope in other temporal things or even in the people that mean most to us. But people leave us or let us down at times; money is here today and gone tomorrow; material possessions fade away.
The only true promise of lasting hope in this life can be found in Christ. He is stronger than all the things that we can lose here in this world. He defeated the powers that seek to pull us from Him. He’s the author of hope and the giver of peace in times when we experience troubles or struggles. If you’ve found your hope has run dry through the difficult seasons you’re facing, ask Him for His help and refreshment in your life. His hope never runs in short supply, and He promises to provide all that we need to live strong and free.
6. It means we can have the power of Christ dwelling within us today.
“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33
The fact that Jesus rose from the grave reveals His miraculous and mighty power. It shows that Christ is victorious over all. It offers us, as believers, the promises that God is with us, and He is for us. His word is full of reminders that nothing we face in this life is greater than His power.
He gives us the confidence we need to hold on to, so that when we feel weak, we’re aware that He indeed is strong. He helps us in our weaknesses, He works miracles in our lives, even when we can’t fully see all that He’s doing. And we can be assured more than ever, He is fighting on our behalf still today. Jesus knew we would need help when He left this world, so He gave us His Spirit to dwell within us.
That’s the power we have as He works within us. That same power the apostles had as they shared truth. That same mighty power that Jesus had to heal the sick and drive our demons. That same power is offered to us today. We just have to choose to walk in it and recognize that it’s not about us, it’s about Him.
7. It offers the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
This world is not all there is. There’s more still in store. Many of us would agree with that truth, yet it’s easy to walk through life’s problems and stress without an eternal focus. We can get so caught up in the here and now that we forget to live daily with eyes and hearts focused on what’s most important.
Jesus reminds us through His resurrection, that there’s a place for every believer in heaven with Him. He’s saving us a place, and it will never fade away. It’s an inheritance that will last forever. This very truth should give us renewed focused to see those who need to hear His message of hope, and to remember that there’s great blessing and reward still ahead. In this world we will endure troubles, disappointments, and pain, but we can take joy in this: Jesus has overcome it all.
8. It reminds us that He’s coming again!
“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14
As Christians we know this truth: Death will not have the final sting. It’s not the end of our story. God reminds us that because of Christ’s victory through His death and resurrection, there is new life both now and for eternity. His word promises that Jesus will come again. Though no one knows the day or hour, we believe His words are true. And all believers will be caught up with Him in the sky – those who have already died and those who are still alive.
We will all have new and resurrected bodies in heaven, according to Scripture, as we live united with Christ, never suffering pain or grief again. We can trust His word in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that tells us to be absent from the body (here on earth) is to be present with the Lord. We know from Luke 23:43 that Jesus even promised the thief on the cross that he would be with Him that very day in paradise. These reminders assure us, that when we die, our spirits live on in the presence of Christ our king. And He will come again, just as the Scripture says.
April 09, 2020