Hope. Life. Destination. Overcomer. Purpose. Eternal. Restored. Victory. Meaningful. Triumphant. Fulfilled. Truth. Love. Prophetic. What is the question? The question to those one-word answers is “what does the resurrection mean to you”? The resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing in my life. Without the resurrection, our hopes, efforts and destiny are without meaning. The Apostle Paul said this himself in 1 Corinthians 15:17. He went on to say that if our hope is in this life only we are of all people to be pitied, (1 Corinthians 15:19).
There are a ton of things in my life that I am grateful for, but none more than the resurrection of Christ. I am thankful for my family, friends, provisions, church, community, health, and so many other things, but the resurrection of Christ is at the top of the list. (Only behind the love of God!)
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians that the resurrection is the pinnacle of the gospel as he walks through the message of the Holy Week.
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
What does the resurrection of Christ mean to you? Is it part of your heartbeat? Is it something that is nice to celebrate on Easter each year? Do we truly fathom what was done in the defeating of death and sin via the cross and the empty tomb?
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:57. Everyone likes a victory! We enjoy seeing victories over sports foes, competitors in business, against rogue nations, in family board games, over Coronavirus, etc. BUT most of all we should celebrate and enjoy the victory over death we have in Christ because He conquered the grave and gave us access to the Father and to eternity with Him!
The victory of the resurrection is something that we should celebrate EVERY SINGLE DAY, not just on a special holiday set apart for it. I believe every follower of Christ should be reminded and grateful for the cross, burial and resurrection of Jesus every single day. Jesus gave us communion to remind us of that ugly, yet beautiful, time of Him on the cross and the resurrection that followed. He told us to remember Him every time we come together. Personally, I pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the salvation every time I eat. I ALWAYS want to remember the cross and the resurrection!
You can’t have the cross without the resurrection, and you can’t have the resurrection without the cross. They are like the left side/right side of a package of Twix candy bars. So once again, what does the resurrection mean to you?