If Jesus was still in the tomb, where would we be? Had the Angel not had reason to say, “He is not here, for he is risen!”, we would be of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:19). Our faith would be in vain.
We would be utterly hopeless.
As we approach Easter, let us praise God for the atonement through the blood of Christ who died the death we deserve, as well as the resurrection which brought us life spiritually and physically.
He Conquered Spiritual Death
We were the literal walking dead.
Roaming the earth, blind to sin and danger and feeding on our own fleshly desires, we were like zombies, chasing down sin and devouring it until it devoured us from the inside out. We were called “children of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:1-3).
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV)
When Jesus was raised, we were raised with him spiritually.
Until the Lord reveals himself to us, we remain dead in our sins. But when he lifts the veil from our blinded eyes, we turn from our sin to Christ and become spiritually alive. A new worldview falls upon our soul and our heart of stone is transformed into a heart of flesh. (2 Corinthians 3:16; Ezekiel 36:26).
What a blessing it is to have fresh eyes to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and his salvation!
He Conquered Physical Death
People are dying.
Death isn’t just something we hear about on the news, it sneaks into our homes and families. Did Jesus only conquer his own death? How do we reconcile the bible with our reality?
Through his resurrection, Christ waged a war that death cannot win. It was a down payment of a victory won, but not yet fully realized until his second coming.
But we have this hope: Jesus will return for us. And in that moment we will be changed and our loved ones who have passed, if they are in Christ, will be raised. (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).
O death, where is your victory?
Dead to Sin, Alive to God
Do you see what you have been saved from, friend? You and I were dead and couldn’t do anything to change it. But because of Jesus’ death and resurrection we can walk in newness of life!
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4 ESV)
You are now dead to sin and alive to God. Furthermore, you are no longer a slave to sin. (Romans 6:6). What beautiful news!
Let us walk as such, remembering the beauty of Christ’s resurrection!
Brittany is a follower of Christ and wife to James. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically. She thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to The Savior and to other women around them. Find Brittany over at godsmyhealer.tk!