“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV
After all the eggs are gone, as well as the candy, after all the services, and all the other things we do for this multi billion dollar holiday we have created, it is fitting to pause for just a moment and reflect on what the resurrection of Jesus Christ brought to the world.
Through Jesus, we have the opportunity to have a clean slate, a new beginning, free of the condemnaton of sin. We most often focus on Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for sin, but the true Good News is that through His resurrection we are freed from the power of sin.
Our dead, rotting spirits, killed at the fall, have been replaced with God’s Holy Spirit if you have called on Jesus for salvation. Because of His power guiding believers, we have the will to turn away from sin.
We have the word of God, the voice of the Lord, speaking truth into our lives, day by day. We have the fellowship of other believers to refine us as we have those human encounters that test us and cause us to call upon the resources of the Lord.
Because of Jesus, we can keep our minds on the things above, as it says in Colossians chapter three. Because of Jesus, we can choose to live holy lives, and we can choose to sin. It is no longer sin that governs us, but our choices. If we sin, we do so because we want to.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
I use this holiday as a reminder to take stock of my spiritual life, as I look back to where I have been, and consider where God is taking me. I reflect on areas of concern, old sins that seem to pop up from time to time, and how I am able to relate to others. I also consider the ministry that I will do in the coming year.
I have to admit that I have much anticipation going into this spiritual year. I can see many doors opening, and some closing. I see opportunities to share the Gospel, and the great potential for persecution. We are entering a season, and we are seeing the signs.
Brothers and sisters, let us be aware of those many opportunities to share the Gospel. Let us also be aware that the evil one is lurking, slinking about, looking for his own opportunities to cause harm to the testimonies of the saints.
Let us rejoice today in our risen Savior, that He came and provided us a chance at a new life. Let us also endeavor to demonstrate that new life as we go about our lives in a world that is being battered by sin.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV
THE IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!