Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Resurrected Life


               We sang a song on Sunday that has been in my head and my heart ever since. Yesterday, the song made me come to a place where I cried out for the Lord God to “search me, to know me and to try me” (Psalm 139) Today, in my prayer time with the Lord God I cried out to live a resurrected life. This song has made me wake up to the life that I have been living, and through the words in my heart the Lord Jesus has called out to me to have a deeper union with Him. The name of the song is “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher. (link to song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mXeA0G_xKc
                The words “Christ is risen from the dead” have been playing in my head over and over again. As I prayed this morning these words came to me, and I believe they are from the Lord for all of us today.
                “Live a resurrected life each and every day. We have been resurrected from death to life, let us live it, let us proclaim it, let us be the vessels of His grace and glory to a dying world. Let us let go of death and sin which hold us down, and live resurrected.”
                What does it mean to live a resurrected life? The question led me to Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” We have been crucified with Christ; we have partaken of His death upon the cross. We have been “utterly estranged from our former habit of feelings and actions”. The death of Christ upon the cross has “wrought the extinction of our former corruption”. If all this is true, then why do we live as if we are dead, when in fact we are alive? We have been raised from death to life, should we not be living as if we are?
                “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.” (Romans 6:1-4)
                We have a new life, yet we live as if we are still dead in our trespasses and sins. We walk around defeated, and complaining. We allow fear and doubt to control our emotions, when Christ has clearly and undoubtedly freed us from their bonds. If you have been baptized, then as you went into the water you died with Christ upon the cross, and as you came out of the water, you were resurrected into a new life with Him. You are no longer dead, so why do you keep living as if you are? We walk around this world as if we are barely hanging on by a thread. Do we not know that we have been raised from death into life with Christ? Do we believe in His resurrection and the power it has over our lives?

                “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died had been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we also shall live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:5-11)
                Paul says to us that the life that “He lives, He lives to God.” We too are to live to God. We are so focused on the temporal things of this world, our emotions, our thoughts, our feelings, circumstances, when these are the very things that sin grabs hold of and works death in our mortal bodies. We need to shake off these chains of sin and death and begin to live for God and to God who has raised you up from where you were into the newness of life with Christ Jesus. Sin and death and defeat hold you down because you allow them to. They have no power except the power that you give them.
                To be resurrected means that we have been “raised up”. We have been taken from the grip of death and now stand in the eternal, incorruptible freedom of Christ Jesus. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Yet we walk around in the old man, in the feelings of defeat, doubt, worry and fear instead of the victory we have been given in Christ Jesus.
                Do not let fear and doubt, worry and defeat overtake you. They only have power when you give them the power. We are alive, we will never die, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, yet we walk around as if we are already dead. We walk around as if we have been baptized in pickle juice, complaining that our lives are not what we thought they would be. What if we were to fully grasp the understanding and the meaning of a resurrected life? What affect would that have upon you today? Take a moment and ask the Lord to reveal to you what a resurrected life looks like, ask Him to show you today, how you are to live a resurrected life?
                A resurrected life proclaims that Christ is alive and He lives in us, it rejoices in great hope of the day when we shall see Him face to face, and rejoices in the fellowship that we have now with Him. Paul said in Philippians 3:10 that he desired to “know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings…” Paul was not saying that he couldn’t wait to be raised from the dead, because he knew and believed that he already had been raised from the dead. Paul desired a deeper union with Christ, one that started today and grew into all eternity. We wait for the eternal life, yet we already have it. We live this life with the fear of death hanging over us daily. Christian, please, accept the gift of eternal life that you have been given and live in fear no more! Be resurrected and live today the eternal life of His glory that we have in Christ Jesus.

                Defeat, doubt, worry, fear, these are all emotions of death, “Christ has Risen from the dead! Come awake, Come awake, come and rise up from the grave!” We have been raised with Him, let us live in victory and not defeat, let us live the resurrected life He has given us and no longer in the old man of sin and death. Let us wake up Christians, let us grasp and hold tight the power of His resurrection in our lives today. Sin and death, defeat and fear only have power because you allow them to. May the God of heaven and earth reveal to your hearts today the glory of His resurrection and the life that He desires you to live. May we let go of death and defeat and rejoice in the knowledge of His resurrection and the power of Christ Jesus in our lives. To Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead and has raised us up with Him be glorified in our lives today and every day. Amen and Amen.