For a time, none of those who witnessed these things understood the implications.
All these years after the resurrection, I still struggle to grasp the implications.
Jesus was killed on a Roman cross, was buried in a new tomb, and was raised from the dead on the 3rd day. And these astounding events of His passion week came with staggering promises. Jesus died for us so that we might live through Him.
This is the good news. We died with Him. We were buried with Him. And we were raised with Him. More than that, we ascended with Him to heaven’s throne and are now seated with Him. Because He lives, we live.
That’s the truth. That’s the glorious gospel truth that is relentlessly opposed by the father of lies.
The enemy hates our new life–our resurrection life–and he does everything he can to blind us to it and distract us from it. He wants us to wear the grave clothes of unbelief and to walk in shadowy doubt among the tombs. He wants us to confine ourselves within the cemetery gates, wandering like zombies in the darkness, or lying motionless in our graves as if we were stone-cold dead.
But once, while I was wandering the graveyard in a doubting stupor, I suddenly came to myself. I happened upon the grave marked with my name, and I took a look inside my own tomb. I was surprised to find I was not there!
And then I remembered Christ’s word to me. “Because I live, you also shall live.”
If we listen to His word of promise, the cemetery gates will creak open wide, and we will walk out of the darkness into the light of our new life–our hell-shaking, world-overcoming, joy-producing, kingdom-expanding, new life in Christ.
To help each other embrace the implications of Jesus’ resurrection, perhaps we should put a new twist on an old confession.
He is risen.
And we are risen indeed.
How does the enemy try to convince you to live as one of the walking dead?