So, you may’ve eaten ham this weekend, or perhaps you dyed some eggs and spent an afternoon laughing about the ingenuous places to hide boiled-brightly-colored-ovals. Maybe you had a large celebration with family, or perhaps, you take a more serious approach and veer as far away from the commercialized version of Easter as possible.
However you spent yesterday, my question to you is: Are you affected?
Are you actually affected by Jesus’ resurrection?
The literal bodily resurrection of a crucified Jewish male, almost two thousand years ago, has impacted millions of people. There is no denying it.
First century believers were slaughtered because of it.
The Christian Church was birthed through it.
Throughout the span of centuries, believers have received hope by it.
Wars have been fought by those who wish to extinguish the efficacy of it.
Today, Christians are imprisoned, persecuted, or martyred because they refuse to deny it.
But, how has Jesus’ resurrection literally affected you?
According to the Apostle Paul, we should be affected big time. The resurrection literally provides power for our daily lives:
[box]I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:18–21)[/box]
Did you see that? Read verse 19 again, “the surpassing greatness of His power toward us . . .” This power is then described as that same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Let that realization soak in. God has provided a supernatural power to believers.
There is a ton of good promises in this chapter, you might want to spend a few days there, but today I’m skipping on to chapter two where we find the primary purpose for this power. While we’re struggling here in this fallen and corrupted environment, while we battle with our own fleshly ugliness and “unsanctified” behaviors, God has provided His resurrection power so that we’ll fulfill what is described in Ephesians 2:10:
[box]For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.[/box]
God has created you, you are His workmanship, and He has some “good works” that He has lined up for you! How are you going to accomplish “good works” on days when you’re grumpy because you didn’t get enough sleep, when you get a parking ticket, when you find the over-due notice in the mailbox, when the toddler dumps the entire gallon of milk on the carpet, or when your stress level hits its peak in rush hour traffic?
God provides the power to walk in the good works He has for us—even on those days. Resurrection power is not limited to easy days, it is seen best when you’re tested most.
When the test comes, remember the power He has for you, and cry out for His grace. Watch Him come through:
[box]Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20–21)[/box]
How have you been affected by Jesus’ Resurrection?