Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton

New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My fearless robins give me a look of disdain for being in their territory and their brave stance intrigues me.
The barrenness of winter has given up, for spring demands its place. Resurrection is evident, even in nature. If resurrection is seen in the natural world, how much more it means to me in the spiritual world. In John 14:19, Jesus’ statement forever seals the believer’s heart: “Because I live, you will live also.” This means the believer is a citizen of another world. We are only temporary travelers here. Knowing this, the frailties of life pale into insignificance in light of eternity.
The glorious message of Easter is that anyone can come alive in Jesus. Living this life without hope or zest would be a miserable existence for me.
The resurrection of Jesus brings new life, a blessed hope and an assurance beyond the grave. This brings joy to me instead of despair, peace instead of unrest, and an enthusiasm for life.
Jesus brings a demonstration of joyful living: “In him was life, and the light was the light of man” (John 1:4). Darkness can never overcome the light. Strike a match in the darkest place and light overcomes.
Centuries before Jesus came, David foretold his coming in Psalm 22:17, “I can count every bone in my body. See these men of evil gloat and stare; they divide my clothes among themselves by a toss of the dice” (TLB).
Isaiah 53:4-6 also gives reference to Jesus, “But he took our suffering on him and felt our pain for us. We saw his suffering and thought God was punishing him; But he was wounded for the wrong we did; he was crushed for the evil we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him, and we are healed because of his wounds. We all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone his own way. But the LORD has put on him the punishment for all the evil we have done.” (NCV)
Jesus resurrects hope, goodness and faith. The resurrection symbolizes victory… victory over sin… victory over death. Jesus took our place on the cross to save you and me. We cannot save ourselves. The same power that resurrected Jesus will resurrect the body in the grave. That earthly body isn’t needed anymore. It has been transformed. Those who have gone on before us are alive in one form of life while we remain in another.
Martin Luther has been quoted as saying “when a man is saved, he is a man who has lived, died and has been raised into an entirely new world.”
The path of Jesus from Gethsemane to Calvary was marked with his precious blood. It’s been called the “Via Dolorosa,” the way of sorrow. It was excruciating. The agony Jesus endured cannot be fathomed. His love for you and me goes far beyond our understanding. That love is stronger than death. No other event in human history has filled the believer with such hope and promise.
Jesus is risen! One day his faithful ones will receive a crown of righteousness prepared for those who have fought a good fight, finished the course and kept the faith. It is God’s seal forever upon the work of Jesus in our behalf. Let us rejoice and be exceedingly glad.
Join in the hope dear one.
He is risen.
He is risen indeed!