Alpha Ministries, Inc
|Posted on 24 March, 2021 at 14:15|
The yearly Easter celebration is centered on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. While there have always been those scoffers who deny this fact and see the celebration as nothing more than a religious tradition, for believers the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact full of personal meaning worthy of daily celebration. The fact that Jesus rose again from the dead is especially relevant to our lives when we understand our own personal connection both to his death and resurrection.
In his letters the apostle Paul explains at length this personal connection every believer has in the death and resurrection of Jesus. In Romans he writes, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The word “baptism” literally means “joined together with” so that Paul clearly states we were joined to Christ in both his death and resurrection. As he goes on to explain, the old person you have always thought yourself to be was put to death with Jesus and a new person was raised up in his resurrection so that you could live a new life.
In Ephesians Paul emphasizes our resurrection with Jesus writing, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” For those who are worried about whether you are going to heaven you are already there! When God raised Jesus from the dead the new person he has made you to be in Christ went with him. As far as God is concerned you are seated in heaven with Christ right now.
In Colossians Paul calls on believers to open their eyes and truly celebrate our resurrection with Jesus writing, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set you affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” There is nothing on earth that can give you the personal security and significance you need more than your death and resurrection with Jesus. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus includes our own resurrection with him and all the benefits of his eternal victory over death.
Finally, Paul records his own testimony in Galatians saying, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” The center of our Easter celebration is the “faith of the Son of God” meaning we have the same faith Jesus has in the Father raising both him and us from the dead. Have a blessed Easter.