Easter is Life
Buried deep under the chocolate bunnies, Peeps, and dyed eggs squeezed into our grocery lists for Easter Sunday, lies something more spectacular than anything you or I can fathom. Our intended life.
The life God planned for His rescued ones to walk freely into since the foundation of the earth. The “Good News” lived. Now. On earth.
If the death of Christ brought the gift of life eternal and the resurrection brought the gift of life victorious, then Easter is a celebration of Life! Extraordinary Life.
First Christ’s, then ours … His beloved ones.
Ephesians contains astounding verses about the purpose of Christ’s death as well as the intention of the resurrection.
Paul’s directs his prayer toward aiding the heart to see, but what? Could it be to see the magnitude of what lies beyond salvation? He validates and celebrates the security of salvation (Eph. 1:13-17), but then later adds:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
“These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead …” (1:18-20).
What an astounding goal of the Gospel: we not only receive this gift of salvation, but also we are being rescued from whatever entangles at the moment of salvation.
His resurrection power is available for us to live completely free from it all. And this speaks so deeply to me; free from it all. All the dark things we don't even whisper. All the hurt we keep locked up. All of it.
This power enables us to be conformed with Him in mind and action, transformed, and free from all that once bound us. Whether it is our own sin, wounds inflicted on us from the sin of others, or both, it takes the power that raised Christ from the dead to accomplish this transforming freedom.
Easter is life!
His great miracle manifests itself as proof in our lives when rescued ones become world changers. The supernatural working magnificently through the ordinary, like you and me, to bring hope, healing, and health to a world of lost, hurting people.
He is alive! And he himself is life.
Are we carrying on as though still dead?
What parts of us were stolen, killed, and destroyed by sin?
This week I tried my best to step into this life story, and celebrate with new eyes. Eyes that are willing to honestly and courageously see all that Christ suffered for me.
I prayed, and still pray, for God to enlighten my eyes so that I can fathom all that was accomplished as He rose to life.
And now today I wake with a thankful heart and a river of joy white-capping through my heart. I take hold of the Life victorious he intends for all of His rescued ones.
Easter is Life. Let’s seize it, and celebrate!