“That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Easter is in April this year, and on Easter we celebrate life and life everlasting when we celebrate the empty tomb of Jesus. It is the most significant day for all who are believers of Jesus. Christians all around the world will gather to celebrate this day. Those who are not believers often still celebrate the season without the Savior.
While some Christians may not think that is right let us not cast judgement. Rather, consider our lives? It may be helpful to ask do we celebrate the Savior on the day of resurrection while failing to live a resurrection life throughout the year? Does resurrection power extend beyond Jesus’ grave to ours? I certainly believe so. Then we should live the new life given in Jesus’ resurrection.
Paul shares that he puts aside everything in his life, for this… “that I may know him (Christ) and the power of his resurrection.” When we truly know Christ there is power in his resurrection, and it is not just when we die. When we die daily to ourselves there is resurrection power available to us.
The scripture shares that we will also “share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” We must die to our way of life and trust God’s will to lead us. We all know that following Jesus leads to a cross, and we are called to take up our crosses and follow him, surely that will involve some suffering.
When we become like him in death, we also become like him in life. Paul says, “by any means possible,” and this tells us we must follow, submit, and become more like Jesus, because that’s where life is, and that’s where eternal life is. There is power in knowing Christ and that power is resurrection power. It is a powerful assurance of our heavenly home, and it is a powerful way to live here and now.
It is one thing to acknowledge the resurrection and another to live out the resurrection. There is no resurrection where there is not first death. Many acknowledge Jesus’ resurrection with celebration but haven’t found life and power in it because they are still holding on to this fragile life. Do you celebrate the knowledge of the resurrection? Will you let go of your right to your life, and follow Jesus? It means dying to ourselves by taking up our crosses and following him. It is in death that we find life and resurrection power. Let’s not just celebrate His resurrection but live as Resurrection People.
CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!