Jesus’ resurrection means our resurrection. Christ defeated death for us, and His new life is now our new life.
HE IS ALIVE
The stars in the heavens rejoice
With the sun and the moon
And with all of the earth
Let all of creation now lift up their voice
Singing “He is alive, He is alive”
READ LUKE 24:1-12
Can you imagine being amongst the very first people to declare that Jesus was not dead but alive? Jesus’ resurrection means our resurrection. Christ defeated death for us and now His new life is our new life. The enemy’s days are numbered and even though the battles are still being fought, victory is already within our reach. The days of trying to please God by our own human effort are over. We are new creations and as such, we can live victoriously here and now.
He is alive and if we are in Him, we are now fully alive. This is perhaps the single most important aspect of Christian faith in this earthly life - Christ in us - the “hope of glory,” as Paul says to the church in Colossians 1:27. The hope that God’s glory will come about in and through us is completely contingent on the indwelling Christ. When we surrender, His life in us is made complete.
When we focus on the cross, we know that Jesus’ death brought about God’s forgiveness of our sin. When He died, we, in fact, died with Him. However, God did not leave it at that. As Christ was raised from the dead, so were we:
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. - Romans 6:4
We are new creations! Our old ways of self-effort and striving on our own have been replaced with a new nature, which is one of resting, trusting and surrendering to the work of Christ in and through us.
Use these lyrics from “He Is Alive” as your prayer:
He is alive
Death is defeated
Sin has retreated
From the power of the Son
And He is alive
The enemy is faded
The battle still rages
But the war has been won