I wonder what thoughts first flitted through your mind when you saw today’s title. Did you think I’m jumping far out into the future?
Our hope knows that resurrection is here and now…for the here and now…coming after death at the crossroads.
The resurrection I’m promised as a child of God isn’t only something that will happen after my heart stops, my brain dies, and my body has returned to the dust. There is another resurrection that has already taken place.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was (Romans 6:4).
Christ is the Messiah, the Anointed One who came to do for us everything we could not do ourselves. His death frees us from that old, old problem of guilt before God; sin and guilt no longer rule our lives. And His resurrection takes us into a new life.
Our hope has glimpsed God’s all-encompassing, ultimate plan:
He is still creating, still doing new things.
His objective is not to condemn this rebellious world. He intends to make all things new.
And Christ came to lead the way.
The old must die so the new can be born. Those who give themselves into Jesus’ keeping are in turn given a new life birthed by the very Spirit of God.
He begins a new life in us!
This hope has so much packed into it that we do, indeed, only catch glimpses of the great and wonderful truth. We’ll come back to this later, but for today, we anchor our hope on this:
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead (Colossians 2:12).
God does not say we have to produce a new life on our own power!
It is His mighty power of resurrection that will create a new life in us. You were raised to new life… That’s a passive verb — meaning that you were given new life. It is not something you did or produced or created yourself. You were raised to new life by the mighty power of God.
There it is: Trust the mighty power of God. That power raised a man from the dead and gave Him new life. Trust that power to give you new life too.
O LORD, you alone are my hope. (Psalm 71:5)
© Elaine Starner 2015