“So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” [Matthew 28:8-10]
The most fundamental truth for us as Christians would without a doubt be the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even people who do not follow Him know about the story of His birth and death. It’s in movies. It’s in art. It’s all over popular culture, but what does this miracle of life actually mean for us?
1 | The resurrection of Jesus means we are justified before God. God accepted the sacrifice of His son in place of the sins of humanity. We can now come before God and enter into relationship with Him. We don’t have to wallow in our brokenness or separation.
2 | The resurrection of Jesus proves He is the real deal. How many prophets, teachers, or religious leaders have come only to die? The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead sets Him apart from any other person in history. He is actually the Son of God, the one that was prophesied to come for so long.
3 | The resurrection of Jesus means that believers can now have access to the Holy Spirit. After Jesus ascended, He sent His Holy Spirit to finish His work on earth. All of the things Jesus did in the Bible can now be done through those who receive His Spirit. His Spirit also comforts, strengthens, convicts and helps us as believers.
4 | The resurrection gives us hope. Hope in the defeat of death. Hope in the restoration of the fullness of our relationship with the Father. Hope in the truth that He loves us so much that He would send His son to die.
It is easy to forget the many implications of the resurrection. Yes, it was an amazing miracle, but it was so much more than just that. It was a display of love, the defeat of death, a symbol of hope and so much more. Take some time to meditate on these truths today. Let them sink into your heart and change your perspective on life today.
God, thank You for sending Your Son to take my place. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. May I be more aware of your Spirit in my life. May I grab a hold of the hope and love you displayed on the cross today and every day. Amen.