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What Good Is Jesus’ Resurrection?

April 19, 2016

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What Good  Is Jesus’  Resurrection?

Many people  have no clue  about the value  of Jesus’ resurrection.     They  are so inundated  with cute bunnies  and chickies,  egg hunts  and big dinners,  new clothes  and flowers  that they don’t have time  to think  about any real meaning  of the resurrection.     They celebrate  because it’s time  to celebrate.     But,  there’s that emptiness  because they’re not sure  what Christianity  is celebrating.

It’s good  to have a clue.

In Romans 7,  Paul talks about  what Christ’s resurrection does.     Paul explains  how we used  to be bound  to the Law  and all sorts  of sinful passions.     The resurrection  sets us free  from the Law  and our fleshly way  of being.     In his explanation  in Romans 7:4,  Paul says,

Therefore,  my brethren,  you also  were made  to die  to the Law  through the body  of Christ,  that  you might be joined  to anotherto Him  who was raised  from the deadthat we might  bear fruit  for God.    

We no longer  have to obey  the long list  of Old Testament Laws  —  because,  we now belong  to Christ  by faith.     When  we have faith  in Christ’s resurrection,  our lives change  and we are enabled  to  “bear fruit  for God”.     In other words,  we no longer try  to be good  because we’re afraid  of the result  of not following  absolutely all  of those rules.     Instead,  as  we see  God’s love  and power  in Christ  to save us  from our sins,  we now gladly want  to live  the way  God wants us  to live.     Now we know  we are  His beloved.     In this joyful obedience,  we are bearing  “fruit  for God”.     This  “fruit”  that God wants  from us  includes  faith,  hope,  and love.

When  we are trying  to make it  through this life  all on our own strength,  we don’t stand a chance.     And,  deep down  in our hearts  we know  we don’t stand a chance,  but feel  we are bound  to keep struggling  on our way.     We don’t know  what else  to do.

But now,  we don’t have to  be alone  in our efforts  any more.     We have help.     As Paul explains  in Ephesians 2:13,

But now  in Christ Jesus  you who formerly  were far off  have been brought near  by the blood  of Christ.

Now,  instead  of trying  to get  through life  on our own efforts,  we have Christ Jesus  by our side.     Jesus  has done  all things  for us.     Because of Christ’s suffering,  death,  and resurrection,  we are now,  by faith,  “in  Christ Jesus”.     United  to Christ  by faith,  we have spiritual resources  to help us  along our way.

That is why  Paul praises God  in Ephesians 1:3,  by saying,

Blessed   be the God  and Father  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who has blessed us  with every spiritual blessing  in the heavenly places  in Christ.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection,  we have  “every spiritual blessing”  we need  to get us  though this life.     What are some  of the spiritual blessings  that can be ours  right here  and now?     The list includes:  total forgiveness  —  the assurance  of eternal life  —  true righteousness  —  Godly wisdom  —  a Godly love  —  joy  —  peace  —  victory over sin  —  Godly discernment  —  courage  to stand  in the truth  —  strength  to endure trials  —  perseverance  in sticking  to God’s word  —  a growing understanding  of God’s word  in the Bible  —  the knowledge  and assurance  that God hears  our prayers  and will do  what is right  and good  —  the heartfelt response  of worshiping God  for who He is,  our Creator  and Redeemer.     With all this  and tons more,  we think  about what God does  for us  in Christ.

It is because  of the power  of the resurrection  in our lives  that these blessings  are ours.     The apostle John  puts it  this way  in John 1:16-17,

For  of His fulness  we have  all received,  and grace  upon grace.     For the law  was given  through Moses;  grace and truth  were realized  through Jesus Christ.

As we live  in grace  and truth,  we live  in the resurrection power  of Jesus Christ.     Do we accept  the grace  and truth  of God  in Christ?     With these blessings,  we can go  on our way  rejoicing  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  in Your resurrection  You have fulfilled prophecy  and proven  that You alone  are Lord  and God  over all.     Let us always live  in Your grace  and truth.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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