When you celebrate Easter, do you celebrate your own resurrection?
Your resurrection is not something you are waiting to experience on some distant day. The resurrection power of Christ is all of your story, child of God–your story past, present, and future.
Each child of God is given a new life.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn–not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
Jesus told Nicodemus (and us) that “no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” John 3:5-6
This new birth, Jesus says, is the only way to be part of the Kingdom of God. The new life comes from the Holy Spirit. God gives us the Spirit and new life when we believe.
Jesus rescued us from death. Every one of us was dead to God before we believed. Nothing we could do would put us in good standing with the Almighty. We were doomed.
But the Almighty’s mercy provided a way for us to come to Him. Christ’s sacrifice paid what we could not. We were given new life. I’d say that’s resurrection.
Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
2 Cor 3:6
The old written covenant ends in death, but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
… for you were dead, but now you have life.
This passage is longer, but tells our whole story. Take the time to read it and savor its richness.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
But–“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace, he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
Celebrate your resurrection, child of God.