This year’s Easter celebration reminded me of so much. Jesus’ resurrection was the seal on the deal: this Kingdom life stuff that Jesus preached about was real.
Four words describe what resurrection is for believers in Jesus.
- Foundational – Everything that we believe rests on the fact that Jesus death was temporary. Everything that I do stems from this basis: Jesus offers us life so that my words and my actions spread that life. Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 1 Corinthians 15:1
- Tranformative – Once you’ve encountered the Living Lord, you won’t be the same. Your speech will be different, as will your crew, your attitude will change, and you will find your true destiny. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. 1 Corinthians 15:10
- Possible – Nothing seems impossible like somebody who has died coming back to life! Jesus’ resurrection is a loud proclamation that with God all things are possible. We would be in a sad state if we lived our lives based on what we can’t do, what we don’t have, and what seems impossible. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:13,14
- Hopeful – As bad as your experiences may have been, the promised abundant life from Jesus gives us hope that our future is better. Not just our eternal afterlife, but here and now, we can participate in the breath of Heaven. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,because you know that
your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58