“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” – Philippians 3:10
Today we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is a great victory for the Church. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, we are of all men most miserable. It is the resurrection that is the power behind the preaching of the Gospel. – 1 Cor. 15:14-19 says: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”. By his resurrection, we have dominion over Sin, Satan, Sickness and Sorrows. (Read Isaiah 53:3 -5, Colossian 1:13).
The blessings that come from resurrection are not only for the future when we physically die and go to heaven; they are also for now while we are living on the earth. In the Book of Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus, after he has resurrected spoke to his disciples, saying “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. By these words, he has commissioned us to go and preach the gospel of his resurrections and backed with an assurance that He is always with us.
We must experience the power of resurrection in our lives, day by day. Easter period is reminding us of our salvation in Christ and the resurrection power that is at work in us and for us. The Book of Romans 8 verse 11 says “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”
Beloved, we have unlimited power available to us by reason of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation gives us access to this incredible power of resurrection through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Let us make use of this God-given power to help us overcome sin and regularly confess our sins, repent of them and embrace the forgiveness and grace God offers to keep us growing and to focus on what God can do through His power in us.