He is risen.
He is risen indeed.
This proclamation was made around the globe last weekend, as people gathered to worship and celebrate our risen Savior. Holy week, the most significant time on the Christian calendar, zooms in on the last days of Jesus Christ’s ministry, His unjust trial, His crucifixion, His burial, and then—glorious of all days—His resurrection.
We rejoice in the mighty power of God. Satan could not defeat Him. Death could not hold Him down. The Holy Spirit breathed life in Christ’s mortal body, and on the third day He rose from the dead and left His tomb. We marvel at the miracle, and declare our highest praise!
Jesus Christ is worthy of blessing, honor, glory, and power forever and forever!
So, after our joyous celebrations, what then? On Monday, after the special meal is put away, the candy wrappers are discarded, and our special clothes are hung up in the closet, does Easter really make a difference? Is Easter more than an important religious event? How does it impact our lives? What’s your personal Easter story?
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…(Ephesians 1:18-20).
Did you catch that?
Christ’s resurrection gives us resurrection!
Jesus Christ didn’t save us and then leave us to our own devices.
We were spiritually dead, but He gave us new life. And He continues to give us new life!
He fills us with the same power that raised Himself from the dead.
This power does more than make a way for us to go to heaven one day (although I really look forward to being with the Lord forever). If we are Christ-followers, this power is in us each and every day. It gives us hope, peace, and purpose. The victory of Christ belongs to us. No matter what circumstances we face, we do not face them as victims. We are victors!
Romans chapter 8 is an inspiring discourse on our life through the Spirit. I encourage you to read it and allow God’s truth to settle into your soul. The last verses declare that we are more than conquerors through Christ. Not just conquerors. MORE than conquerors!
For I am convinced 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).
Make the Easter story your story. The incomparably great power of Christ is yours!
Thank You, Jesus, for Your glorious resurrection! Open the eyes of my heart to know that Your marvelous power is available to me. Your Spirit resides in me, giving me everything I need to live a victorious, thriving life. Remind me to take my focus off situations and place them on You. May I live and lead as more than a conqueror. In Your mighty name. Amen.