It’s been a few weeks since Easter. Spring has pretty much sprung, and the excitement around Eastertime has mostly faded.
But it doesn’t cease to be my favorite holiday.
See, while we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, we also celebrate the Resurrection of ourselves. Let me elaborate.
When Jesus died, we died with Him. Our sin was totally, 100% paid in full. Why? In order that we might be freed from sin’s control over us and the condemnation that comes with it.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”
And because we have died with Christ, He has raised us and given us new life. We are alive and free.
We have new life, and therefore, we are to walk in that newness. While I was contemplating this concept, a verse came to mind.
On Easter Sunday morning, three days after Jesus died, some women went to His tomb with spices to honor His body. Upon finding it, they were made aware that His body was gone.
The angel outside the tomb met them and said this, as it tells us here in Luke 24:5b. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” And in verse 24:6 “He is not here, but has risen.”
That’s my question for us. Why do we seek the living among the dead?
In other words, why do we act as though we are still dead in our sins when we have been raised to life?
Why do we walk crippled and in defeat when Jesus has been victorious already?
Why do we forget this verse?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Christ lives in us, so not only do we not have to live in defeat, but we can live in victory.
We are not dead. We are not enslaved to sin. We are not controlled by the very thing that condemns us.
We are alive. We have hope. We have assurance of salvation and victory.
1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So why do we seek the living among the dead? Why do we forget that we are, in fact, alive, and God sees us as sinless?
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
God does not regard us according to the flesh, that is, our sin. So why do we do it to ourselves and others?
Simply because we see the imperfections in our own lives. But we need not dwell on them. If God sees us as new, why should we treat ourselves as if we’re dead? If God sees us in victory, why should we see ourselves as if we’re failures?
We are not dead; we are alive with Christ. Let us live in light of that. Let us live constantly in the Word of God, seeing how He sees us. Let us live in the joy of our salvation, rejoicing in what HE has done for us. Let us live with a focus not on ourselves, but on God. When our focus is on Him, it is not on our sin, but on His perfection manifested in us.
“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.”
To live a life “alive to Christ” is to let go of our old nature, and to embrace the magnificence of how God sees us. We are new, and there is no condemnation for us.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”