Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:3-6 KJV)
Before you continue reading, read the scripture above one more time very slowly. Take in every single word…now retain what you’ve just read because you’ll need it a little later.
As you know, Easter isn’t really about a rabbit and eggs with candy inside; it’s about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Jesus hanging on the cross is arguably the most popular image in Christianity. There are millions of portrayals of this pivotal moment; tattoos, paintings, keychains, t-shirts and much more. Unfortunately, many people don’t see anything beyond the cross. The true glory is not in the death of Jesus, but in His resurrection from the dead. This act was a final confirmation to the entire world that He is indeed the Son of God.
Now I want you to ask yourself this question, what does Jesus’ rising from the dead mean to me? What effect has it had on my life? The opening scripture likens our baptism to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Being born again and baptized is far beyond merely converting to a religion. It means that you have been given a new life that is free from sin (which leads to death). 1 Corinthians 6:17 tells us that “…he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. This means that when you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, you’re actually celebrating your own life in Christ as well! It truly is a life worth celebrating, but are you taking advantage of it? Has your position as a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17) become real to you? If it hasn’t, dedicate some serious time with the Holy Ghost so that you may know the things that are freely given to you of God (1 Corinthians 2:12) and make a conscious decision to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
Remember, Jesus didn’t die to save believers. He died to save the WHOLE WORLD. The benefits that come with salvation have been made available to EVERYONE so there is absolutely no reason for poverty, sickness, suffering or any other affliction reflecting a sinner’s life. You have been raised together with Christ! His victory is your victory! Be reminded of this as you celebrate the life of Christ in you. God bless you!