“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Yesterday, Christians around the world gathered to celebrate Easter – that time of year when we remember Christ’s resurrection from the dead and what it means for us today. We went to church services, gathered with family to share a meal, thanked Christ for His death and resurrection, and indulged in the luxury we gave up during Lent.
It is a pretty powerful day in the Christian calendar.
But then Monday rolled around, and we were back to life as usual.
No sign of new life. None of the excitement of Resurrection Sunday. No more exuberant celebration, Facebook status messages exclaiming that He is risen, or inviting our friends and family to church. Just back to our everyday tasks as if Sunday had been like any other day.
We think Easter is all about celebrating something that happened 2,000 years ago.
Paul had a different view.
You see, to him, Christ’s resurrection wasn’t just something you celebrated once a year. It wasn’t about bunnies and eggs and candy and dressing up and going to church and eating ham.
It was about change.
It was about changing our mindsets, attitudes and outlook on life. It was aboutt changing the way we viewed others, and how we treated them. It was about recognizing the strongholds in our lives, and allowing Christ to set us free. It was about realizing the dreams we’ve allowed in die within us, and seeing them brought back to life. It was about facing the sin within us, and allowing Christ to resurrect something beautiful out of our darkness, and somehow to attain to a resurrection of our own.
Resurrection Sunday was never meant to be about celebrating something that happened, but something that happens. Every minute of every day in the lives of those who follow Christ.
And allowing that change within us to point others to Christ.
And so, my brothers and sisters, may you begin to see resurrection not as something that happened, but something that continues to happen. May you see Christ bringing resurrection in every area of your life. And may you, as you continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, experience resurrection of your own.
How can you continue to experience resurrection?