It is so easy to forget the wonder of the resurrection when we aren’t intentional about it—so we should be intentional about celebrating it every day.
Jesus didn’t go back into the grave the day after He resurrected—He is still resurrected, and this resurrection song echoes out into all eternity past and forward, our Freedom song and forever Joy rests squarely on the shoulders of Jesus’ raising to Life—which consequently and importantly means our own raising into Life.
When familiarity sets in relative to the resurrection power of Jesus—when the day is no longer marked on the calendar to celebrate and social media isn’t filled with “He is risen”—we must still live in the full realization of the resurrection and its power in us. This reality of Living Hope and Power is not limited to one day.
Those 3 days that are the center history, eternity and salvation, and they are not meant to be lived by only once a year—they are the days and the events that shape and inform everything we believe.
“For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:13-14)
Without the resurrection, we are nothing and this is all for nothing—
But praise be to God throughout our Lord Jesus Christ—there is resurrection from the dead, and most importantly His resurrection.
So, if all of this is useless without the resurrection—then why would we ever think to not consider the resurrection as often as possible.
This Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living and active in us!
In, through, and out of us flows the River of Life, and that is something to always be thinking about and living in the awareness and the reality of—
Jesus told us that all these things He has done in His walking on earth—all these things—that “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these.”
And greater works than these through the River of Life flowing out from our very selves through Holy Spirit’s Good Work within us.
Every moment after the resurrection, the miracles multiplied and the really really Good of it all keeps getting bigger and more lovely and more grand and Joy-filled and Good.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
And imagine how many things He has done since these words were written almost 2,000 years ago—the world we be stuffed innumerable amounts over again were we to have everything Jesus has done written down—nothing can contain His goodness, quite literally.
For after the resurrection came the ascension and after the ascension the Spirit and after the Spirit the Church and after the Church still more miracles and still more Life and still more Every Good Thing from the Father Who Never Casts a Shifting Shadow.
And still comes revival and renewal and the dead breathing again and the lame walking and the blind seeing—
The resurrection was the beginning—not the end—of this perfect Love Story that only continues to get better and more unimaginably good with each new part.
And we have been invited into the sharing of this Story—into helping write it, even (although the Author needs no help, He sees fit to have us help anyway)—this Story that will never end, that has always been, and that will only be the Every-Good-Thing Business-of-Joy Victory song calls for us to join in its composition.
The resurrection—that one moment—stretches itself out across all manner of time and space and universe and worlds and ideas, and every moment and thing are covered in this one moment where that first again breath of God-made-man told the Grave it could not have this and would never hold power again. That one moment breathes Life across every second of our lives and calls us ever closer to the Really Real of this Good Story.
The moment that changed everything is the moment to be celebrated and focused on every day—for this resurrection, this Jesus, this Good Good God, and this Unfathomable Love—it is the foundation of it all.
Would we set our lives and our eyes evermore on this Great Love Foundation and remember in every moment that this Good King of kings and Lord of lords has risen, and death no longer has a hold.
And if that does not change everything, we have missed it.
Everything changes here. Everything.