April 20th, 2019
Today sits between Good Friday, which is good for humanity, because it is the event of God making a way to redeem His creation through His Son and Easter which marks the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. These three days are nothing less than the culmination of a plan that was put in place before the foundation of the world.
This day between the two critical events of the scripture should leave every believer in a state of fervent anticipation.
Why would that be?
Because this greatest of all gifts to humanity despite being so encompassing and of a profound impact to the world, is even more personal to the believer. As personal as life and death. Or perhaps better stated as death and life. For that is the order of our experience.
For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:19-20 (HCSB)
Anticipation because that dead corps has been crucified with Jesus and tomorrow is the annual remembrance of the solitary act of Jesus the one who died on our behalf, in which we no longer remain languishing in death, but are raised to a new life in Him.
For as with Him dying he died for us, His resurrection is not for His benefit but for ours because we are raised with Him.
He is God in the flesh. He didn’t need to rise the third day for his own benefit, He could have put death away in a millisecond, or not even bother because His IS God!
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:4-5 (HCSB)
His body died but “Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.” Darkness of death could not overcome this light and on the third day, the one we celebrate as Easter, that very light burst forth from the grave to everlasting life. Not because He required everlasting life because He is eternal just as God the Father and the Spirit are eternal. They’ve always been and always will be. He rose to eternal life to show the way for us, that we might live eternally with Him.
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 (HCSB)
This is the foundation of our anticipation. It’s predicated not only on the life that continues after this flesh fails us, but upon our resurrection that new life begins immediately, and we are to eagerly seek the Kingdom of God even while we remain in the flesh.
So, our recognition of the sacrifice of Jesus for us yesterday, abides with us today, but the realization that with the rising of the sun tomorrow we celebrate a risen savior who not only destroyed death for Himself but delivers us to an eternal existence with Him.
Tomorrow will be a celebration for every believer, but today I would encourage you to spend it in great anticipation of how you will live for Him from this moment forward. It doesn’t matter if we have fail in the past what we are focused on in the death and resurrection of our savior is that we have assurance of a life spent with Him and we need to be active right now to follow the example Paul gives us when he wrote to the Galatians…
“The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
We do so because HE LIVES and because He lives, we live in Him and look forward in “Great Anticipation” for this life He’s given us!
In the Grace of Jesus!