Sunday, April 24, 2011
Risen With Christ
Praise the Lord for the resurrection of Christ!
Consider this also. When Jesus died on the Cross on that Good Friday, and took the wrath of God on Himself...in some mysterious way...we were in Him.
We were crucified with Him, and we died. By the grace of God, our old self died, in Christ.
Then we, in Christ, went to the tomb. We were “buried with Him through baptism”...the baptism by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ.
Then when He was raised from the dead, we too were raised from the dead. Made alive to God through Christ Jesus.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together...--Eph. 2:4-6
In raising us up with Him, He gave us a whole new identity.
Where we were Sinners by nature, He made us Saints.
He made us His children, friends of Christ, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, in union with Him, adopted by Him, complete in Christ, free from condemnation, the righteousness of God in Christ, a branch of the Vine, chosen and appointed to bear fruit, the temple of the Holy Spirit, seated with Him in the heavenlies, God's workmanship, inseparable from the love of God, fully accepted in the Beloved.
We can assume no glory for it. All glory goes to the Lamb, who is worthy, who was slain from the foundation of the world.
We can know by faith that we are risen with Christ. And Easter, Resurrection Day, can have greater and greater meaning for us, when we see what God has accomplished in us.
Happy Resurrection Day!