One of my nieces just gave birth to her fourth son. Our rather large extended family could not imagine a more wonderful expression of God’s promises to us as we gathered to celebrate Easter today. New life has a way of enlarging our vision, filling us with new expectations. A brand new person is now entering into the purposes of God in our family, and we extend the borders and welcome him into our midst.
I cannot help but wonder if we are experiencing a small measure of the joy that fills heaven when a new believer in Christ joins the family of God. The Kingdom of God advances with each salvation experience, and heaven rejoices to witness His will unfolding in human history. God’s amazing grace revealed in each new addition.
The hope of heaven is secure. Followers of Christ are guaranteed a place there, for Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:2-3, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (NKJV)
This hope is ours because He died for our sins, rose again on the third day, and is coming again. He is alive, and our hope is alive in Him. Resurrection life is a promise, not only after this life on earth, but also during this life. According to Romans 8:11, the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us who believe. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (NKJV)
This life we now live by faith is one of hope, confidence, deep and abiding peace, and joy unspeakable. It’s what I call “Life with a capital ‘L’.” Resurrection life is more than surviving the trials and tribulations of life on planet earth in order to cross over into heaven. It is growing in the knowledge of Him, learning to be free, enduring with dependence on His strength, and overcoming with courage because of His victory. It is thriving.
Father in heaven, what joy floods my soul at the mention of your Son. This One who came and laid down His life so that I could be called a child of God. Thank you, Jesus. You conquered death and vanquished the enemy. You rose up from the grave and walked among men. You went back to sit at the right hand of the Father. By your Spirit you made me alive together with you. You did everything you said you would. By your Spirit I am enabled to rest in your character and stand in your victory. Grant now that I may also walk as a witness to your great love, your mighty power, and your boundless joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Until next week, beloved, rest, walk, and stand in the resurrection power of Christ.