New Life With Christ

Easter Sunday is a celebration for all who have their eyes on Christ and have put their hope in Him.

Why? He is risen!

Yes, He did die on the cross over two thousand years ago. But, according to the eyewitness accounts in the Bible and even from the Jewish historian Josephus, Jesus rose from the dead.

Paul wrote his account of the resurrection —

He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
1 Corinthians 15:4-8 NLT

According to these words in the Bible, Jesus rose from the dead.

The resurrection of Christ is a fact of history.

And Josephus, the Jewish historian confirmed it when he wrote —

Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.
Josephus in The Works of Josephus

What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you and for me?

New life.

Because He is risen, we can experience new life in Jesus Christ.

Paul sets forth a very powerful truth through many of his letters that we must know and understand. When we are born again by receiving Christ we are literally placed “in Christ.” It’s how we are able to experience new life. We died with Him, because we are now “in Him.” And that means we are raised to new life with Christ.

Paul writes in Colossians 3 —

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 NLT

We are like butterflies who now have wings to fly above the things of the world as we fix our eyes on Christ and the realities of heaven. It means this world is passing away and His light truly is brighter than the deepest darkness. Even if we are in what I have often called “the dark night of the soul,” we can still draw near to God and experience His power and presence in our lives. And we can also know that these things are passing away, and nothing can touch our hope of eternal life with Him.

Ruth Paxson explains our union with Christ in her book, Rivers of Living Water

In God’s reckoning, Christ and the Christian become one in such a way that Christ is both in the heavenlies and upon earth and the Christian is both on earth and in the heavenlies. Christ in the heavenlies is the invisible part of the Christian. The Christian on earth is the visible part of Christ. This is a staggering thought. Its plain import is that you and I are to bring Christ down from heaven to earth that men may see who He is and what He can do in a human life. It is to have Christ’s life lived out in us in such fullness that seeing Him in us men are drawn to Him in faith and love.
Ruth Paxson In Rivers of Living Water

These words by Ruth Paxson help us think more deeply about the meaning of Colossians 3:1-4 and the great significance of our new life in Christ and the importance of the resurrection of Christ.

So today, dear friend, think about your life with a new set of lenses. Realize that you are in Christ and you walk in newness of life every day. Imagine yourself to have wings to fly above and through every circumstance because of Christ in you. And then, understand that the Lord Jesus has a great plan and purpose for you. He is living in you, transforming you, and touching other lives in and through you.

May you have a blessed and special Easter!

Dear Lord, Thank You for the new life we have with you. May You be honored and glorified in and through us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Colossians 3:1 NLT

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