Daily Archives: April 4, 2021
Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV)
Put On the New Self
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
John 20:1-9 (ESV)
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
On this day of resurrection, let’s review a bit of history, so that we can get a glimpse of everything Jesus won for us on Easter Sunday. Throughout the Old Testament, we can see clues that point us to the resurrection of Jesus. For instance, Genesis speaks of a coming one who will crush the serpent, even as the serpent bruises him (Genesis 3:15). we read also about waters of judgement that cleanse the earth of sin (6:7). In the Book of Isaiah, we read about a suffering servant who will be despised and rejected, yet whose suffering takes away our sins (Isaiah 53:12).
Over and over again, these verses foreshadow a new life for us – a life free from the serpent’s wiles, a life that rises above corruption and violence, a life without guilt and shame. And by faith, we know that this life is now ours for the taking because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!
For the past forty days, we have pondered the cross and everything that Jesus accomplished by his death. Now come the days of celebration and fulfillment. Now comes the great fifty-day Easter season, a time to ponder and participate in the new life that Jesus has freely given us.
At Pentecost, Peter announced that Jesus, exalted to God’s right hand, has received the Holy Spirit, and that he has now poured this Spirit out on the apostles. What’s more, Peter said, this gift of the Spirit is for everyone who believes and is baptized (Acts 2:33, 38).
Brothers and sisters, Jesus is still alive in heaven. He is still pouring out his Spirit on us today. He is still giving us the power to live a wonderful life that is holy and pleasing to him. So on this great day, as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, let’s praise him also for raising us with him so that we can walk with him each and every day!
Christ is Risen!