There in the ground
His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth
In glorious day
Up from the grave he rose again!
“And if Christ has not been raised then your faith is worthless and you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17
Just take a moment this weekend to reflect on how different the world would be if Christ had not raised from the dead. Christianity itself would not be a major world religion. We would have completely missed the BC/AD cross over. And death would have won.
Sacrifice we understand. From the beginning God required death to atone for human sin. But now Christ has died once for everybody. It is impossible for the blood of animals to erase sin for good. It had to be taken to the next level. Yet if He had stayed dead, then we would need more sacrifice.
The resurrection means that not only are our sins erased for good they are also erased forever. “[T]he blood of Christ Jesus…continually cleanses us of all sin.”
What’s most amazing about resurrection to me is that we have the very same power living in us right now! Resurrection power is not just experienced after you die. It is alive and working in you right now, this moment. Paul says in Romans 8 that the Spirit which raised Christ from the dead is in us!
The only appropriate response is to surrender our lives to the one who has the power.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. A time when the Christians around the world pause to reflect on the defining moment in world history. Yet every Sunday should be remembered as the Lord’s day, the first day of the week on which Christ arose. It is the day on which God said, “Let there be light.” It’s also the day on which the true light overcame darkness once and for all.