Yes, I know this is a couple of days late. I know that on Sunday Facebook was full of posts witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus, and all I can say is “Amen! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”
But I wanted to delay wishing everyone a happy Easter until now, because it is as we go back to our everyday routines that the resurrection of Jesus needs to make a difference: as we return to work, as we look after children during the school holidays, as we care for our nearest and dearest, or whatever it is we usually do during the week.
After all, for those who believe and trust in Jesus, Easter can never be over. We have been raised with Christ (Col 3:1). We have been become members of His body, the church (1 Cor 12:12-13). Living in us is the deposit of the Holy Spirit guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor 1:22), through whom we have been given the hope of an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade (1 Pet 2:4). I could give many more Bible verses and tease out many more implications of the resurrection. But my aim is not to simply quote Scripture. It is to show that the resurrection of Jesus should transform us at the deepest level in every area of our lives, in such a way that we can give a reason for the hope that is within us (1 Pet 3:15).
So today or next week when you return to your everyday lives, remember Jesus is still alive and with you no matter what stress and strain confronts you. Remember you have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain, guide and comfort in every circumstance. And remember you have been reborn into a living hope, even when situations may appear so difficult. You are, thanks to Jesus, adopted as a child of your Heavenly Father and nothing ever take away or diminish that identity.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. (1 Cor 15:3-5)