I love the resurrection.
John 20:9 says this concerning the disciples on resurrection morning:
“yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.”
The fact that Jesus must rise from the dead indicates a certain purpose and accomplishment entailed in the necessity. The resurrection points to an overall purpose in the life of Jesus.
He was born to die. And he was killed in order to be raised. And he was raised in order to reign forever.
His resurrection means something for us, too. Paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17). Furthermore, Paul says in Ephesians 2 regarding Christians these four things:
1. “You were dead.” (vs 1)
2. “But God…made us alive” (5)
3. God “raised us up”(5)
4. God “seated us with him.” (6)
As Christians, our story is not an “I-believed-in-Jesus” story, or even “I-committed-my-life-to-Christ” story. Our story is a resurrection story. Before I knew Jesus, I was dead. Dead people don’t believe in Jesus; dead people don’t turn and repent.
Jesus came to my spiritual tomb and he breathed new life in me. When I was raised from the dead, the first thing I saw was my Lord, telling me to rise and live.
Not only this, he seated me with him; meaning that I will rule with him. With Him. I am not just raised and turned loose to go and do whatever I want, my life is now bound to his to live for him. Because he reigns, so do I.
So my story is that I have been wrapped up in Jesus’ life; when I was dead, he died on my behalf. When he arose, he raised me up with him. Since he rules at God’s right hand for eternity, I reign with him.
Thank you, Lord Jesus!