Monday, April 17, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Resurrection: Celebration of New Life in Christ

Gracious John
St. Andrews MTC

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


“He is Risen.” This was the front page of every major news outlet on Easter Sunday.  Our Savior has overcome the grave in a mighty fashion. While we are celebrating Easter, we must also remember to celebrate and take hope in this resurrection when Christ returns.

The passage refers to Christ as the first fruit. This refers to the Old Testament practice of sacrificing the first fruit of the harvest to the Lord. Only the best of the harvest was presented to God.  Jesus was the best and only sacrifice that could atone for our sins and provide freedom for our souls.

Christ’s resurrection is also our proof of the resurrection to come. This gives us hope and those who have passed on before us that we will be raised in His Glory. While this is all great news, we must remember that only those who belong to Him, will experience this.

The resurrection is not a physical one, but a spiritual one. Jesus raised many people from the dead before, but eventually they had to experience another physical death. Jesus rose victoriously from the grave without having the same result. We too are heirs to this resurrection! The wages of sin is death, but with Christ’s perfect death, we are able to boldly ask, “Oh death where is your sting?”

As we celebrate Jesus triumph over physical and spiritual death, let us take time to celebrate that resurrection that is promised to us. As we celebrate, we must also ask ourselves if we truly belong to Him. Are our spiritual lives dead or are we renewed and resurrected? Are you unsure of where you stand? Take this moment now to make it clear. Jesus has already paid the price; you just need to accept it.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help us to be renewed by Your death and resurrection. Thank You for dying for us. By Your resurrection, help us to live for You. Thank You for overcoming the grave and giving us the hope of eternal life. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 "He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said." Matthew 28:6a