How the Resurrection Affects Us Here and Now

April 17, 2022
Personal Growth

Growing up, my most vivid memory of Resurrection Sunday involved feelings of excitement for the annual bonfire at dawn and of relief that I’ll finally get to eat meat and sweets again after an entire month of fasting from them.

If only for those two things, as a kid, I appreciated the fact that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead.

When I became a Christian, I understood that Christ’s death was vital. Good Friday was necessary in order for our sins to be forgiven and for sins’ consequence—eternal death—to be trampled. But it wasn’t really clear to me why the resurrection was important, other than being an assurance that we don’t fade away when we die.

As I grew older, I began to ask if there is a better reason Jesus Christ needed to rise from the dead, aside from the fact that in any story, it would be tragic for the main hero to die and stay dead. 

Here are two of the most important reasons why the resurrection is necessary.

There is victory here and now.

Imagine with me that a brilliant scientist discovered the perfect cure for cancer. There is no need to reformulate it nor is there any doubt on its effectiveness.

In this scenario, all the doctors have to do is to inject the cure to all cancer patients who have faith that the cure works.

Jesus Christ won for us a better cure with His death and His resurrection—it is the victory over sin and death, which are problems a lot bigger than cancer because everyone of us is infected by them.

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians‬ 15:57‬, NLT‬)

Yes, it means that we have life after death.

But it also means we can invoke His authority when we face fears and temptations in this lifetime.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. (Titus‬ 2:11-13‬, NLT)

Through His resurrection, Jesus Christ gives full assurance that we are not left helpless or weak in this broken world. We can approach every battle with confidence knowing that the war has been won.

That also means we can fight against injustice and apathy by demonstrating and sharing His love and peace to a troubled world.

Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John‬ 20:21, NLT‬‬‬)

Through His resurrection, Jesus Christ gives us authority to tell others that there is an ultimate cure to sin and death—His sacrifice—and that we can live out that good news by being His hands and feet to the poor and the needy. We are not supposed to simply wait, whether in comfort or in suffering, until He comes back again. In everything that we do—whether in daily mundane tasks, in taking care of our bodies, or in pursuing a career—we are supposed to participate in His redemption of the world. In all our relationships, whether with loved ones or with a stranger, we are supposed to reflect His unconditional love.

There is future hope and glory.

Listen to what Jesus Christ promises to do when He comes again:

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

Those who follow Him should be the most hopeful people in the world, because we know that what we have now is not all there is. Regardless of the pain, the challenges, and the trials, we know that these things will end and that they cannot triumph over us.

As you reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, how has your perspective changed?

Are you all the more motivated to spread the good news that there is victory over sin and death and demonstrate that good news by being a channel of kindness and love to the poor and the needy?

Are you all the more encouraged to look beyond your circumstance and fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith?

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