He Is Risen!!

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. John 20:1

But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou?” She saith unto them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him”. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus saith unto her, “Mary.” She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. John 20:11-16

What does the resurrection mean to us? There are some verses in Romans that are a beautiful analogy to our own new life in Christ. When we are sick of living for self, we must receive Christ into our heart and He will give us power to live a new life in Him! Jesus gave His life to make it possible for us to live in victory over sin (and to enjoy eternal life after death) and so we must crucify our old self to live in that victory. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans 6:6-7

A right relationship with Jesus and being submissive to Him in our life is only possible because of His resurrection. Because of that, we can also walk in newness of life! Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; Romans 6:4-5

Since Christ suffered for our sins and rose again by the power of God we also can have power to live new and holy lives in Him! What will we do with the crucified and risen Lord? Will we choose to crucify ourselves and utilize Christ’s power to live in newness of life, bringing glory to Him? Or will we choose to continue our selfish life? We make a choice. Even if we think we will remain neutral we are still making a choice. Christ has the power we need to live a new life in Him!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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