Three Things the Resurrection Changes

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Jesus rising from the dead affects our past, present, and future.

1. Our Past

Jesus lived a perfect life, was killed on a cross, and rose from the dead (Hebrews 4:15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). His resurrection from the grave defeated sin and death. It proved death no longer has authority over Him (Romans 6:9). All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death, and our sin has no authority over us because of Jesus (Romans 6:3-7)! All sins are forgiven—past, present, and future—by Jesus’ sacrifice (Ephesians 1:7). Whatever sin we lived in before we met Jesus is paid for (Romans 5:8). You are set free from sin (Romans 6:7). We live a new life by God's grace (Romans 6:4)!

2. Our Present

This new life is different from the life we used to live and the life that culture presses upon us (Philippians 3:19-20). We do not live for the here and now, but for what is to come. We count everything as loss compared to the surpassing wealth of knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:8). He is all that matters. We do not store up our treasure on earth, which will pass away, but we store up treasure in Heaven, which will last forever (Matthew 6:19-20). We give everything away, and we gain Jesus who is everything we need (Philippians 4:12-13)! We believe there is a life to come and that is the key to living an abundant life now!

3. Our Future

Only Jesus lived a life that was worthy of this eternal life in Heaven. The crazy thing is that Christians get to share in Christ's victory and share in His inheritance (1 Corinthians 15:57, 1 Peter 1:3-5)! Like Christ, those who follow Him will be raised from the dead (2 Corinthians 4:14). They will be resurrected like Jesus was. They will live forever. His gift to us is his eternal life (Romans 6:23)!

Jesus’ resurrection has big implications for our past, present, and eternity. In a world that is blinded by the temporary and lives for the moment, Christians can remember that the resurrection has changed everything.

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