As we approach the Easter season, we hear much about Jesus’ resurrection. After all, that is what we’re celebrating! But what does the resurrection mean for us in daily life? Is this something we celebrate once a year, or does it have deeper theological and practical meaning? I firmly believe the latter is true: that the resurrection of Jesus is a reality we should remember every day.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was not only a miracle—it was the climactic point in God’s salvation plan. When Jesus rose from the dead, He proved His command over death and Satan. Everyone who is in Christ receives the benefits of His victory. If you aren’t sure what those benefits are, read on.
The Resurrection Means Freedom
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (John 14:19)
Jesus’ resurrection broke the hold that sin possessed. When we believe in Christ and accept His sacrifice on our behalf, His victory over sin is imputed to us. The Holy Spirit in us enables our own victory over sin. This is why you will see former alcoholics completely freed from their addictions, or people who were prone to anger be transformed by God’s grace. Jesus’ victory gives us freedom from sin!
Sometimes, however, this freedom is gradual. As we seek Christ and know Him more each day, we learn to walk in line with His victorious nature. We begin to make choices that align with His heart instead of our old habits. As we do, we find more and more freedom in the resurrection of Christ.
The Resurrection Means Security
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
When Jesus stood in our place and took the penalty we deserved, this was the first step to securing our place in heaven. When He rose again, He confirmed that place for every believer who comes to Him. Just as Jesus now stands at the right hand of the Father, preparing a place for us, we will one day stand in company with Him and other believers celebrating our eternal security.
If you are worried about the security of your salvation, remember this: Jesus, not you, is the One who paid your price. Your security doesn’t rest on you but on Him. And because His perfect righteousness makes Him perfectly faithful to His promises, your salvation in Him is secure.
The Resurrection Means Hope
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25)
Because of the resurrection, we have hope, both now and eternally! Jesus is available to us in life’s most difficult circumstances. But even if our circumstances don’t change, we look forward to a blessed hope on the other side of death. Like Jesus (and because of Him), when we die, we too are resurrected to life—an eternal life beyond this world.
The Resurrection Means Relationship
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)
“Born again to a living hope”—how beautiful is that? God, in His mercy, made a way for us to be in relationship with Him. That plan required that Jesus come in the form of a baby, live in this fallen world, patiently bear with sinful people and sacrifice Himself for those same people that we may be invited into His kingdom. Yet His story didn’t end there! His resurrection proved that even death had no hold over the power of God. Satan’s best plan was foiled, and we were invited in.
That’s something to celebrate this Easter.