What Difference Does Christ’s Resurrection Make to Me?
Everyone gets so excited about Easter. I don’t understand why. All they talk about is Jesus coming back from the dead. How does that change my life right now?
Let’s consider some things personally. If you are a follower of Christ, think about the next few statements in terms of your life. If you are contemplating following Christ, then see here some helpful insights into Christianity and the benefits it provides.
·If all Christ did when He died on the cross was to forgive my sins and thus assure me a home in Heaven, then He made me fit for Heaven while leaving me unfit for earth. But the good news of the gospel is that the One who died for my sins rose from the dead to re-inhabit my body so that He in me might be all I need for every possible situation.
·What makes the greatest impact in my life right now is not what He did, or will do, but what He is doing for me right now.
·For me to live is Christ. The Christian life is the enjoyment of all that Christ is. He lives out his life in me.
·The normal Christian life is Christ. It is not our doing our best for Christ. What God wants is Christ—living our His life in me.
What Difference Does The Resurrected Christ Mean To Me? Two things at least!
·I Am Fit To Live In Heaven: The Certainty Of Everlasting Life Means That I Am Fearless In The Face Of Death:
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
2 Corinthians 5:6-8: “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
·I Am Fit To Live On Earth: The Indwelling Of Jesus Christ Means That I Am No Longer Powerless And Alone.
Colossians 1:27: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
John 14:16-18-16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Acts 2:4, 17 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Here in no particular order are some of the benefits that come to those indwelt by the resurrected Jesus Christ.
New birth into the family of God: John 3:1-16
Adoption into the family of God: Romans 8:15
A new nature: Colossians 1:27
Guidance into all truth: John 16:13; Romans 8:14; Acts 8:29; 10:19-20; 13:2-4; 16:6-7; 20:22-23
The Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23
Power for victorious living: Ephesians 3:20; Romans 15:13; Acts 1:8
An intimate relationship with God Himself: John 14:16-17; 16:7; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 13:5
Supernatural, always available comfort: John 14:26
A personal prayer Intercessor at the throne of God: Romans 8:26
Spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12
Enjoyment of a unified community: 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:3-6
An indwelling, personal Teacher of the Bible: John 14:26
Direction regarding conviction of sin: John 16:8
Increasingly sensitive conscience: Romans 9:1
Assurance of inclusion in God’s family: Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Filling with the Spirit: Ephesians 5:18
Ongoing improvement in behavior: Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11
Following Christ is worth it. The benefits are everlasting.