April 18, 2017

Beyond the Grave

Jesus’ exit from the tomb wasn’t the climatic finish to His earthly ministry, far from it; it was the beginning.

Before His death on the cross, Jesus lived His life as an example of how we are to live as His believers in this world. Remember, Jesus, laid His deity down to live like a man and die like a man. He had to succeed in all the ways the first man, Adam,  failed. If you about Satan’s temptation of Jesus in the wilderness you’ll see that Satan tempted Jesus to use His deity outside the will of God to turn rocks into bread; Jesus had not eaten in forty days. The whole of the temptation shows us how Jesus had and would live His life on earth; surrendered to the will of God, Spirit-filled, and obedient to the word of God. He lived exactly how we are to live as believers in Christ.

When the believer unites with Jesus in His death, we are forgiven and set free from the penalty of sin and the power of sin. The redemption of  Christ’s blood on the cross enables me by grace to identify with Christ’s life per His resurrection. “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
(Romans 6:3–4, NASB95)

Jesus got up from the grave, went out and visibly witnessed to others that He was alive, and then He went up to be with His Father in heaven.   Jesus went up, and the Holy Spirit came down so that as believers we could live the life of Christ on the turf of earth. Now we can live surrendered to the will of God, Spirit-filled, and obedient to the word of God just like Jesus because His grace has given us His life through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came down; the believers went out; visibly living in the power and presence of the life of Jesus and vocally sharing their faith with others. There will come a day when Jesus will call us all up to be with Him and our Heavenly Father.

It’s one thing to celebrate the resurrection, and we most definitely should! But, as believers, we are to live in the power of the resurrection every day; surrrendered to the will of God, filled with the Spirit of God, and obedient to the word of God. Oh yeah, they went back to church, “and were continually in the temple praising God.” (Luke 24:53)