Do you get the resurrection?
I know, as Christians we talk about the resurrection, but do you get it?
Praying with some friends today, I asked God to make the resurrection more real to me. I believe in it, but I think I’m just so used to the idea that I don’t truly get it.
Think about what we believe! Christ (God the Son), took on flesh, lived a sinless life, died to atone for our sins, and RESURRECTED!
The resurrection was a central part of the early church’s testimony (Acts 4:33) and the Gentiles mocked them for it (Acts 17:32). Naturally speaking, what we believe is absurd. No dead man gets up to live again.
That’s why I wonder if we get the resurrection. Do we truly sense and feel the miracle of what happened that day? Does it register as more than a good thought or a cool story?
The early church endured persecution because they got the significance of the resurrection. Nero was said to have lit them on fire to serve as lights in the evening. Why would people continue to confess faith in Christ if they knew death was imminent? Because they believed with everything they had that the resurrection of Christ was real.
In a sense, at the resurrection lies the crossroads of faith and unbelief. Without the resurrection, Jesus becomes no more than a guy with pithy sayings and a death wish. If Jesus stayed in that tomb, let’s stop with the craziness.
However, if the resurrection is true, that should absolutely light up our world. Words can’t even express the significance. Christ’s deity is proven, God has drawn near, and life becomes more about Him and less about us.
Do we get the resurrection?
I’m convinced that if we understood the significance, our lives would never look the same. After all, if we believe that a man died and came back to life to free us from sin and death, then should we not give everything we have to bring honor to His name? The resurrection radically alters lives.
- Prayer becomes more than a domestic intercom (credit to Piper). We eagerly seek His will and direction.
- The study of Scripture takes on new life as we eagerly want to know more about our resurrected Savior and God.
- Money becomes utterly meaningless for comforts and pleasures.
- People are no longer means to an end or faceless numbers. We see them as God sees them and we long for them to know Him.
- Worship becomes a joy rather than a chore.
- Duty, frustration, and routine are replaced with sacrifice, joy, and the cool tension of not knowing where God will lead you next.
Life, in view of the resurrection, takes on whole new meaning. The resurrection changes everything.
So, do you get the resurrection?