It happened, now what?
Romans 10:9-10 "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
Easter Sunday is the most important and holiest day in the Christian calendar. If it wasn't for Jesus' resurrection, his birth would be lost in time, his teachings would be just like any other of dozens of forgotten false messiahs, and his death would of been another ruthless Roman murder against Jews of their time but none of these events in themselves would have merited Jesus of Nazareth's story surviving through history. The resurrection of Jesus sets him apart and weaves all of these events into the most amazing event in history and time.
As Christians, we dont spend this day trying to rationalize or historically affirm the veracity of the event. We proclaim it as truth and celebrate its impact in our lives. Easter Sunday is the day Jesus of Nazareth physically, not metaphorically or symbolically, but bodily resurrected from a death he authorized so that we might be forgiven. He resurrected and ascended into heaven.
So the question at hand today is, now that we've celebrated the reality of the event some 2,000 years ago, what does it mean for us today?
When it comes down to it, this is what our faith must really confront after each reading of scripture. We trust in the words of God, we accept them in faith, and then what? Do they become nuggets of truth we store away for a future Jeopardy Game? Do we archive the truth in our intellectual banks hoping that having it in there will have some sort of intellectual return on investment in the future? Or do we take these kernels of truth and allow the Spirit of God to turn them into a feast of sustenance that will transform how we think, act and engage in this world?
Knowing of Jesus' resurrection is very different from believing in His resurrection. I pray that you will take a moment today to allow the power of the resurrection to take all of the insignificant moments of the past in your life and weave them together to bring forth new significance in your life as you are now resurrected in Christ. I pray that this new resurrection will give way to a new transformed person that will live to serve God everyday.
What does this mean for you? Do you have to forgive someone? Do you need to let go of something? How will you live as the new transformed person in Christ?