The Power of Christ's Resurrection

April 8, 2015

Did you celebrate Easter with just colored eggs, or did you see Christ and Him crucified and know the power of His resurrection? 

What does the Lord’s resurrection mean to you? Easter eggs and family time? Or has the resurrection of Jesus changed you?

J.P. Moreland, a respected philosopher, said:

“When Jesus was crucified, his followers were discouraged and depressed. So they dispersed. The Jesus movement was all but stopped in its tracks. Then, after a short period of time, we see them abandoning their occupations, regathering, and committing themselves to spreading a very specific message—that Jesus Christ was the Messiah of God who died on a cross, returned to life, and was seen alive by them.

“And they were willing to spend the rest of their lives proclaiming this, without any payoff from a human point of view. They faced a life of hardship. They often went without food, slept exposed to the elements, were ridiculed, beaten, imprisoned. And finally, most of them were executed in torturous ways. For what? For good intentions? No, because they were convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that they had seen Jesus Christ alive from the dead.”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ changed his disciples. Not because they knew that it was a fact, although it was, but because by His resurrection they had hope, not just in this life, but for eternal life. His power brought victory over sin, death and defeat. The power of the resurrection changed their lives from the inside out. They could face suffering, torture, ruin because this life wasn’t all there was. They knew of the next life, where no suffering could touch them and they would be in His presence.

Jesus is still alive. His power still changes lives. He still gives hope for tomorrow. By His resurrection, He gives power for us to enter before His throne and know Him.

Did you celebrate Easter with just colored eggs or did you see Christ and Him crucified and know the power of His resurrection? 

[I do like colored eggs, which are a symbol of wholeness, and the completeness that we have because Christ makes us whole.]

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Easter. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003. p. 87.

My series on the Passover is available in booklet form here.

How does knowing Christ conquered death help you today?

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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