A week ago shouts of “He is risen! He is risen indeed” resounded far and wide. We gathered in churches or places of worship and sang “Hosanna” while rejoicing in the Risen Savior. We took time out of our usual Sunday to proclaim a new creation and believed it to our core. But what about tomorrow? Is Jesus risen for one day and then life goes on as usual?
Monday came and Tuesday followed and as I type this the week is winding down. I began to question if living out the resurrection life happens once and fades as times goes on. I looked into my identity and wondered if my tomorrow includes the Risen Jesus or just Jesus, the Son of God.
For us to claim we are Resurrection people, we choose new life over the sin of darkness and death. Our words and actions should align as a reflection of what we now believe. N.T. Wright shares, “The power of evil that had lent its weight to injustice and oppression for so many centuries had been defeated on the cross.” To live knowing this truth means I desire to show others how Christ brought us salvation and new life in Him.
Living a life as a child of God looks like a life filled with hope, love and grace. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, I died to my old self and put on the new life of Christ. I want my tomorrow to not just be one of empty words or mindlessly walking through the day, but instead I want to reflect:
Love for my neighbors, friends and family. God first loved me so I can love others.
A life of hope as a child of God and hope in how I approach each roadblock along the way.
The gift of grace as an extension of the grace God bestows on me day after day.
That God’s promises never fail as I step out boldly or face challenges when looking toward the future.
As we move away from Easter Sunday, I know Jesus sealed the deal for us through His death and resurrection. The gift of salvation He won wiped away our sins. The gift of salvation from our sins lasts not just today, but for all our tomorrows.
We can live knowing that “the rescue and transformation that God effected in the death and resurrection of Jesus is to become the rescue and transformation of every person.” N.T. Wright continues to write how this is the challenge of faith. Our belief is the first sign of new life.
How will you live as God’s new creation even after Easter is over? Will you sustain the love, hope and grace God sacrificed for you as you travel into all your tomorrows?
Here are some words from Peter to soak in and hold as your promise from God.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
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