If you ask my three-year-old about Jesus, he will quickly tell you, “Jesus died on the cross because he loves us, but he’s not there anymore, he’s alive!” It is so sweet to hear that truth coming out of his precious mouth. In his mind, it is simple – he was dead, now he’s not.
He also will tell you that the soldiers were mean to Jesus and if he were there he would “punch them in the face!”
I think he may have a little bit of Peter in him…we are working on it!
Over the last few weeks, I have posted about the last days of Jesus’ life on earth (Holy Week, What in the World?, and Are you Ok?). I hope those reflections have caused you to worship our Savior and King.
This week, I wanted to focus on the Resurrection…I could spend weeks more on these topics because oh my, how I love Jesus!
Jesus’ body was beaten to the max. His flesh was torn open from the whippings, blood poured from his wounds, he struggled to breathe as the weight of his body hung on the cross.
And then Jesus, innocent of any sin, deliberately yielded himself to death.
It was finished.
They took his battered body down from the cross, a body that was once full of life and love, now empty of life, and carried him to a tomb. They wrapped his body in strips of linen and left.
The tomb was sealed with a large rock and guarded by soldiers.
The scene at the tomb looked hopeless.
The tomb was full of
But then, only through the life giving power of the Sovereign, Almighty, Triune God, Jesus’ lifeless body began to breathe.
Jesus was no longer dead, but was now alive.
The silence in the tomb was now shattered with the sound of air moving in and out of Jesus’ restored lungs.
The stillness of the tomb was now interrupted by the sound of Jesus’ restored arms, legs and body taking off the grave clothes.
The darkness of the tomb was now pierced with light, Jesus, the light of the world.
The death in the tomb was now conquered by Jesus, fully restored and fully alive.
Jesus was alive.
Jesus was resurrected in a glorified body, never again to be touched by death!
His resurrection proves that Jesus triumphed over sin and death. And we no longer have to stay shackled by sin and the power of darkness.
We can choose to live! We can choose life in Jesus Christ!
Resurrection life is not just for Jesus, it is for all humanity. Resurrection life is for every nation, tribe, people and language. It is not limited to social status, ethnicity, or financial standing. It is not determined by how many followers you have, how deep your pockets are, how perfect your family looks, how mentally healthy you are or how much you do for others.
Resurrection life is offered to anyone who says yes to Jesus.
And anyone who says yes to Jesus will also rise – both now and later. We rise now when we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, moving us from spiritual death to life. Resurrection life empowers us to live new, transformed lives for God and to share the gospel with others while we live in this world.
And we rise later. We all will physically die, but Jesus’ resurrection paves the way for eternal life of believers who will live forever with Christ. We can rejoice as we live our lives today anticipating the day when we will be resurrected in a glorified body and live forever with our risen Savior.
Are you hearing me?!
We get to live forever with Jesus! In bodies that are not aching and aging! In a world that is not broken and hurting!
How amazing is that?!
All believers, past, present and future will one day join together to sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Rev. 4:8).
I can’t wait!
What about you?
Friend, if you happen to be reading this and are curious about Jesus, I would love to chat. Please email me at email@example.com. I would love nothing more than to share with you about my friend, Jesus.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Rev. 22:17.
God, thank you for the resurrection life that comes through Jesus.
And here’s a song for you to respond in worship of Him!