“He is Risen Indeed!”
The tomb is empty.
“He is not here.”
Jesus is alive!
But what does that mean?
What does that mean for us?
The apostle Paul says,
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. 5 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” (Rom 6:3–5 ESV).
So those who trust in Christ will be raised. But it also suggests that those who believe in Jesus have experienced a resurrection already; that we can now walk in “newness of life.”
Elsewhere Paul says that we “were raised” with Christ, signifying that we already participated in a resurrection of sorts through our identification with Christ (cf. e.g. Eph 2:6; Col 2:12; 3:1).
As we move past Easter and the wonderful celebration that our Savior has risen from the dead, may I suggest to you a book that contemplates the significance of Jesus Christ’s resurrection for Christians: Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything, by Adrian Warnock (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010).
Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor who just so happens to be the regular preacher at his church in London, UK. He seems a very intelligent man who loves Jesus and believes in the power of the resurrection for our lives. (I’m not quite sure why he has allowed his son to be an Arsenal supporter, however!)
If you are looking for good reading on the power of Jesus resurrection for us, I recommend to you Raised with Christ [see right sidebar for links to the book’s website].
From the Preface:
This book is about the resurrection of Jesus and its effects on us today. If, like me, you have wondered why Christians often seem to talk more about the events of Good Friday than Easter Sunday, this book is for you. Although we talk about the death of Jesus often, for some reason we have tended to only mention the resurrection at Easter time. Christians sometimes even say Jesus died to save us without mentioning that he also rose for our salvation. It’s time to redress the balance a bit and talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection (Raised with Christ, 13).