It is amazing how our hope is tied into the fact of Christ’s resurrection. As Christ Himself taught, “…I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25b-26) He could actually call Himself THE resurrection before He had died or been raised.
He had just been discussing resurrection with Martha, because her brother Lazarus had died, and she had pointed to the Old Testament hope of resurrection. He lovingly pointed out that there is no resurrection outside of the Son of God, Himself. Then He proved it by raising Lazarus from the dead. Martha got it right when he asked her if she believed this: “She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” (John 11:27) Have you made this confession (see my earlier post, “What is the Gospel?”)? If you have, then you can be abounding in hope because of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:19-20).
This Resurrection Sunday may you rejoice in Christ and in our hope that is in Christ, because He is risen! I have recently been moved by the words of a song called “Jesus Lives” from Risen, a Sovereign Grace Music CD that is completely about the Resurrection.
Here is the music, but if you don’t listen then check out the words below:
I no longer fear the grave
Christ has come
Took the sting of death away
Through His saving blood
Though my body fails and my flesh grows weak
Till my final breath, to this hope I’ll cling
Jesus lives and so shall I
I’ll be raised from the dust with Christ on high
Jesus lives no more to die
And when He returns, with Him I’ll rise
In this fallen world I cry
For the day
When Your glory splits the sky
And you come to reign
All creation waits for that promised hour
When the saints of God are revealed in power
Not death nor any power of hell can separate me from
The love, the love of my Savior
(Words by George Romanacce and Bob Kauflin, Copyright 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship)