The Easter season provides an opportunity for you and me to think differently about our Christian faith and practice. Whereas Lent gave God’s people opportunity to focus on repentance and the cross, we now can shift our attention to the victory of the empty tomb and resurrection. We can clearly see God’s whole plan and know exactly what has been accomplished for us through Jesus in order to get us to everlasting life.
Our focus can move from betrayal, denial, abandonment, injustice, murder, doubt, and fear, to remembering again how the Lord wants His relationship with us to be. Continuing in that line of thinking, let’s look at how Jesus wants our relationship with others to be.
In light of the resurrection of Jesus, there is neither condemnation toward us nor any reason for us to hold back from serving our Savior. There is nothing to hinder us from serving others. In fact, His resurrection victory is what compels us to serve. It is a reminder that we need not even fear death. That does not mean serving the Lord will be easy, but it will be liberating.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
We have opportunity to influence the lives of the people around us in the name of Jesus on the basis of His resurrection from the dead. We serve in the kingdom of God as heirs and victors! Not only do we have skin in the game because of our eternal hope in spite of our sin and it’s consequences, but we have on our side the One who succumbs to the treachery of the cross AND victory over the grave. His Easter victory is also now ours!
With Job we can shout, “I know my redeemer lives!” With Thomas we can testify, “My Lord and my God!” With all of the Church we proclaim, “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!”
This message is inviting, encouraging, exciting, and empowering for you and for me. It is the basis of our witness and service. It is why Jesus came and why we are here. Seize the Easter opportunity to influence your world in Jesus’ name.