Christ is Risen
As a Christian we have the greatest news to share, the greatest purpose to live and the greatest reason to look forward to heaven. We have constant reminders that we serve a Savior that even death could not stop. Every week we worship on the “Lord’s Day”, the day He rose from the dead. We remember His death, burial and resurrection through baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We have Easter Cantatas and sing songs about serving a risen Savior because we believe His resurrection really did happen! The fact that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead changes everything.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”
Our hope goes beyond this life. Our hope of eternal life is based on the words of God who backs up everything He says. His promises are true, or as one has said, “His promises are yes and amen”. Christ rising from the dead proves that God, Himself can change anyone’s situation before Him as being enemies, to the position of being children. This is a changed life. Romans 5:10-11 says, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
For that change to happen we must place our trust in the Savior who died in our place and rose from the dead. The change in our position leads to a change in our practice. The fact our Savior is Lord over all, even death, leads us to the awareness He is Lord of all of our life. The fact that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead changes everything, especially our lives.