RAISED WITH CHRIST

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:4-6

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raise us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

During our celebration of Holy Week, we are going to focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every day we are bombarded with bad news. I imagine we will hear even more bad news as we approach the peak of the virus these next couple of weeks. We need some good news to help us cope with all the bad news. The best news ever is that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead! The message of the resurrection offers us life and hope and joy and peace. It lifts our spirits and comforts our souls. It takes us to heavenly realms.

The words of the Gaither hymn, “Because He Lives,” are so comforting to me — “Because He lives I can face tomorrow, Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.” These words are so true — Because He lives we can face tomorrow!

The gospel is a message about the incredible life we have in our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Once we were dead spiritually, but God made us alive together with Christ. He opened our eyes to the good news of salvation and He caused us to be born again to a living hope. Jesus Christ came to live in us. Therefore, we are never alone.

But there is more. God not only made us alive together with Christ, He also raised us up with Him. In the power of Christ’s resurrection, we too have been raised up. We are given new life, fullness of life, now. The very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. “Because He lives I CAN face tomorrow; because He lives ALL fear is gone.”

But there is even more. God made us alive together with Christ. He raised us up with Him. And He seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We are seated with Christ now. He has hold of us and thus we are safe and secure in His hands.

Whatever bad news comes our way this week, let’s remember the good news. We are seated with the glorious, risen Savior in the heavenly places. We can be filled with life and hope and joy and peace because we are in Christ and He is in us. Jesus is alive and we are safe and secure in His presence.

Lord God, thank You for making me alive together with Christ. And thank You for raising me up with Him and seating me in the heavenly places in Him. Thank You for the resurrection of our Savior and for the fact that because He lives I can face tomorrow.

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