"The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?"

- Psalms 27 : 1

Monday, April 21, 2014

Soul Food : The Resurrection


"Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here."

Mark 16:6

Today we celebrate the day that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. However, the perceptions of what easter is varies just like skin color. Easter means different things to different people. To some, it's a about the easter bunny and chocolates, to others it's got to do with an old religious tale and according to another set of people, it's about a man names Jesus Christ being nailed to a cross.
What does easter really mean?

Here are some facts to help us answer this question :

The context: The story of easter is set over 2000 years ago in Jerusalem.

The story: The story begins with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ who was handed over to the Romans that ruled Jerusalem at the time. They  did this because He preached a new kind of message and called Himself the son of God.

Why did Jesus have to die? " For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). The reason God sent His son was because of His unfathomably deep and unfailing love for mankind. "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The death of Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Christianity. Jesus Christ is the "cornerstone" (Acts 4:11) on which our Faith is built. We also know that "without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins" (Hebrews 9:22). This tells us that for our forgiveness, blood had to be shed. However, Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. "-one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself" (Hebrews 7:27). Therefore, Christ was our perfect sacrifice, the only one whose blood could truly cleanse us once for all. "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). We can then say, "He was delivered over to death for our sins" (Romans 4:25).

Why did Jesus have to be raised? " Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us" (Romans 8:3)Christ was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). This justification implies we are in right standing with God. Not only that but by rising from the dead, Christ has defeated death and therefore it's fear has no more hold on us. Christ's resurrection also means He intercedes with the Father on our behalf (Romans 8:3). Christ being alive means He is with us (Matthew 28:20). At all times. Watching over us, guiding us, comforting us and carrying us. Christ's resurrection does not only mean salvation for us for eternity, it also gives us hope for our short time here on earth.

What comes next? "And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified" (Romans 8:30). After receiving Chris, no we await the day God's comes to take us into His glory. "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  Who then is the one who condemns? No one" (Romans 8:31-34). We therefore have this confidence in Christ that "neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).

So what is easter? Does that answer our question? Yes. Or at least partly. Easter is - and should be - more than a yearly celebration of Christ's resurrection. The resurrection should be celebrated every day in our lives. The resurrection is not just an event, it's a person. Jesus Christ is the resurrection. And as Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20), the life the resurrection brings should be evident to all. When we walk, it should be the resurrection walking. When we talk, it should demonstrate the life of the resurrection. When we touch, whatever we touch should spring to life as it comes in contact with the power of the resurrection. The resurrection lives in us and therefore moves in and through us. Our lives have no reason to be stagnant. Nothing we have or do should be dormant or dead. This is what easter is all about - God's unfailing love, His amazing grace and the resurrection power. All these rings have been demonstrated through His son, Jesus Christ. He embodies them all.

Let the resurrection move, speak, touch and love through you daily. And my sincere prayer for you is that the resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead will bring back to life the dormant/dead things in your life and family, whether it be your talents, your dreams, your projects, your potentials and the rest. AMEN!


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