A Resurrection Lifestyle
Easter changes the way you approach life. For instance when the apostle Paul asks, “Death, where is thy victory? Death where is thy sting? He is revealing that Jesus has altered life’s primary nemesis.
Over the centuries death has been the relentless, unyielding enemy of humanity. Regardless of worldly rank, strength or wealth, no one has been able to escape death. As soon as we are born death becomes our destiny. We have tried to develop antidotes to life’s fatal alternative… actually making progress as in 1900 people’s life span was 47 years, and a century later it is 74 years.
Hebrews 2:15 reveals that Jesus came to free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. The impact of the resurrection is that death has been defeated. It is no longer the impregnable enemy, because Jesus rose from the grave conquering life’s ultimate foe.
The Lord invites us to share in this eternal life. It is more than the next chapter of our existence when we leave this world for the next. According to Jesus, “This is Eternal life: that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Life is found in a relationship with God. The cross of Jesus removed the barriers between us and God brought about by our sinfulness. Now the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us! Therefore, instead of dead end habits that incline us to have a poor self esteem, or destroy our marriages, that cause us to have bad attitudes and a grim outlook on life, we now have a power source that is full of hope, joy and purpose. The old sinful nature can be replaced with the resurrected power of Jesus.
So whether it is losing a loved one or facing a threatening illness we don’t have to stress over what happens in this world because Jesus changed the purpose in life from merely trying to squeeze out an existence for a few decades, to taking part in an eternal agenda of experiencing and sharing Jesus Christ.
A resurrection lifestyle means we strive to bring God’s blessings to others and remove the deadly effects of the sinful nature that extinguish the joy of life, as we now have the compassion of God determining the approach and direction of our lives. Just as God loved us in Jesus Christ, we now love others with the same life giving Spirit!