Do we experience the power of the resurrection just as mightily on the other 364 days of the year?
The resurrection is most often considered in theological terms. It is the linchpin of Christian doctrine, proving that Jesus was, in fact, God. The resurrection demonstrates his victory over sin and death; it offers hope of our own future resurrection in perfect eternal bodies (that is just a glorious thought); it was a display of great power; and it reminds us that our existence is not limited to this world. There is much, much more to come.
That is all true and inspiring, but is my life today, still stuck on this earth in an imperfect body and a sinful heart, any different because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Somehow, in a mysterious transaction that I do not fully understand, those who believe in Jesus Christ become part of him and he of us. We are “in Christ” and he is in us. Therefore, Christians have access to supernatural power. Really.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
When I am tempted, I have the power to resist.
When I am fearful, I have power to act in faith.
When I am confused, I have access to Divine wisdom.
When I am discouraged, I have access to a Spirit of joy.
When I doubt my worth, I have confidence that I am a child of God.
When I am at the end of my strength and skill, the Spirit of God works through me.
When I am in trouble, I have peace that passes all understanding.
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…” Ephesians 1:18-20