So, it’s the day after Easter.
How will you acknowledge and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today?
How will you encounter and experience the living Christ today?
Or, as can be common among followers of Jesus which moves me to sadness, will not a thought be given today to the fact that Jesus is no longer dead but alive?
While the day of Easter has special celebrations because of Jesus’ resurrection, everyday should have its own celebration because of Jesus’ resurrection.
What might that daily celebration look like? Well, in a word, it looks like life, real life, which is living to God. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 6:8-11 this:
“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more; death lords it over Him no more. For the death which He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. So also you, reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus.”
Everyday, every follower of Jesus Christ should consider that new day as the next opportunity to experience the resurrection of Christ in our own lives. Everyday is an opportunity to go deeper into that life which we have because we have died with Christ and also have been raised with him.
I would like to ask you to consider something. If this perspective and approach were to be genuinely yours, how would it change things for you?
For me, because I have participated in both Jesus’ death and resurrection, a whole new world has been opened to me. As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2, only someone who is spiritual (born of the Spirit) can understand things of the Spirit. He also says in 2 Corinthians 5 that he no longer considers anyone according to the flesh, but the spiritual.
As I go through each day, I get the privilege of seeing into the spiritual and seeing the world around me from that vantage point. It’s exciting stuff! I get to participate with God in seeing people experience the reality of their life in and through Christ. God wants it to be your normal experience too.
And it can be. And, if it is, you also will actively celebrate the resurrection everyday.
Happy “resurrection celebrating” day!