I have been reflecting on the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, which as you have probably heard it being said, is the greatest event in the history of mankind. But Christ’s resurrection is not only the greatest event in the history of mankind; it is also the one event that forever changed the history of mankind. This is because the resurrection of Jesus affects our past, present and future. Christ’s resurrection is a story about our healing, help and hope.
This is what I mean. Because of Christ’s resurrection, there is healing for our past. The resurrection secured the forgiveness of our sin that was purchased on the cross by Jesus’ blood. Sin is our greatest problem and forgiveness is our greatest and deepest need. And by simply trusting in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour (see Romans 10:9-13) we receive forgiveness from all our sins no matter how big, evil, sinful or ugly they are. Jesus died and rose again to take away our sin and our shame and enable us to have a loving, real and personal relationship with God. Our sin and our shame were on Him when He hung on that cross, and so we no longer have to be ashamed of our past. Our past (guilt, shame, etc.) has been taken away so that we do not have to live in it any longer. This real is freedom.
Secondly, because of His resurrection, there is help for our present. His resurrection gives us the power to overcome sin and the strength to endure hardships and persevere in suffering. His resurrection makes it possible for us to live how we ought to live presently, because the same power that brought Jesus out of the tomb is at work in our lives right now (see Ephesians 1:19). What are you struggling with today? Is it a sinful habit/behaviour? Is it grief? Or is it discouragement or defeat or pain of any kind? Help is available. You present is manageable by the power of the Holy Spirit. All you need to do is to “draw near” to Him and you will grace to help you (see Hebrews 4:15-16).
Lastly, because of His resurrection, there is hope for our future. Two of mankind’s greatest fears are the fear of death and the fear of unknown. But we do not have to give in to these fears or any other fear because our future is secure in Christ. He died and rose again to secure it. Death has been defeated. As Pastor Jim during his Easter Sunday message, Jesus’ death was the death of all death. He has promised to always be with us and to never leave us nor forsake us. And when we die, we can be sure that we will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Jesus has assured us that He will return someday to take us to be with Him in heaven. In the words of Jeremiah 31:17, you can be sure that there is hope for your future because Jesus is alive!
Point to Ponder
Because of Christ’s Resurrection there is healing for our past, help for our present and hope for the future.