Resurrection Life

We have just celebrated the most important truth of the Christian faith: Jesus Christ risen from the dead, the stone rolled away and to this day no one has ever produced a body, not even Jesus’ enemies. If you remove this lynchpin of our Christian faith, then everything falls apart, as Paul says ‘And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.’ We know this to be true, there is compelling evidence, not only from the empty tomb, and from eye witness accounts but also evidence of the church, which has grown worldwide based on a believe in, and martyrdom for – the resurrection.
On the first day, God said “Let there be light,” (Gen 1:3) and so began creation and life. On the first day of the week Mary was the first to witness the empty tomb and re-creation began as Christ overcame all that would destroy life, new beginnings become possible, God was doing a new thing. Lives would be restored, liberated, forgiven, transformed, healed and empowered. Jesus started with Peter and the disciples who had shirked the cross and fled when he needed them most. We come next, we don’t just observe and contemplate the Easter story, we are part of it. The bible tells us that we have been crucified with Christ and raised with him and Paul makes it clear that we can operate in resurrection power. Let’s echo for our church, Paul’s prayer in Ephesus that we might know God’s incomparably great power which is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand. And let’s also pray a personal prayer, opening ourselves afresh to the Holy Spirit, and ask that we will know and experience the power of Christ’s resurrection in our own lives.
Shirley Wallin