As exciting as it was to sit on Avoca beach while the sun rose and hear my then girlfriend become my fiance, it was really her words (and mine) when we stood opposite each other in our church several months later that changed our world.
Similarly, the news of an offer of a new job is exciting, but it’s days or weeks later when you sign a contract that changes your world.
It’s always refreshing and encouraging to read (or hear) of the forgiveness of sin obtained through the death of Jesus but it’s really the words of Luke 24:6 that changed the world.
He is not here; he has risen!
Let me give you a few thoughts on why the resurrection is world changing… and invite you to add your own to this list:
- Without it we are still dead in our sins (1 Cor 15:17).
- Without it, our faith is useless (1 Cor 15:14)
- Without it we (Christians) are the biggest fools of all (1 Cor 15:19).
- Without it God’s power comes into question.
- Without it there is no hope for eternal resurrection – no hope beyond this life (1 Cor 6:14)
- Without it there is no hope in this life. (Romans 6:4, Col 3:1-4)
- Without it the Messiah has not come (Luke 24:7)
- Without it God’s kingdom has not broken into this world.
- Without it there is no true hope against suffering, injustices, poverty, wars and general decay of the world. (Romans 8)
- Without it death maintains its sting and hopelessness. (1 Cor 15:55)
- Without it the life of Jesus becomes just another good life cut short.
- Without it, Jesus is not King of the world. (1 Cor 15:24-25)
As we approach Easter, take some time to reflect on the resurrection this morning. How does it fill your life with hope? How do you live out that hope in the world around you?
Is the resurrection of Jesus changing your world?