Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
As we approach Easter Sunday we tend to think a little more about the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday many years ago. This season is often one of the few times that we really seriously consider the fact that Jesus rose physically from the dead and is alive. That He was seen by many different people at a variety of times over a period of 40 days before ascending into Heaven and send the Holy Spirit as the other Comforter.
As I was reading through a new version of the New Testament called The Passion Translation (TPT) I ran across an exciting verse in 2 Timothy 1:9 which reads: “He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvellous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began!”
Literally it reads: “He is our life-giver”
And the “life” that He gives to us is His resurrection life!
Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit – raised to new life, resurrection life. He was different. So different that in one of His initial appearances to Mary in Garden she did not recognize Him. The same was true for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He was raised victorious and glorious as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15 – a wonderful chapter on the resurrection – Jesus’ and ours!
Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
And He is now living in the power of that resurrection. And promises that we too can experience this resurrection life … now and forever.
Philippians 3:10 (TPT) “And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me…”
The power that raised Jesus to resurrection life is in us as born again believers. And for those who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit this same power is “upon us” empowering and enabling us to live resurrection life and to move supernaturally and touch lives for Jesus and the Kingdom. We have resurrection life welling up within us. We live in a new dimension because of this resurrection life. We have new values and a new perspective, a Kingdom perspective. We have been raised from the death of sin into ‘a living hope’ based on this resurrection life that we have received.
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
As we approach Easter Sunday it is a good time to think about what His resurrection means for us as believers today. And, to pray about what His resurrection life in us should look like in our every day living as we relate to many who do not know the love of God or this gift that Jesus freely gives to those who believe in and follow Him.
Let’s end this thought with the verse in 1 Peter above in context…
1 Peter 1:3-5 TPT “Celebrate with praises the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has shown us his extravagant mercy. For his fountain of mercy has given us a new life—we are reborn to experience a living, energetic hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are reborn into a perfect inheritance that can never perish, never be defiled, and never diminish. It is promised and preserved forever in the heavenly realm for you!”