Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
The sisters of Lazarus were heartbroken with the passing of their brother. They believed that Jesus would have been able to save their brother. What they didn’t know is that Jesus had much bigger plans, and that he, as the resurrection and the life, would give life to many more.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a pivotal moment in human history. And for those of us who are in Christ, who have our hope because He was resurrected, there are many good things that we can know because our Lord is risen from the dead.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It is a question every child hears many times when they are young. I remember, when I was little, thoughts of being an astronaut or a professional baseball player would often fill my dreams. Around the time I entered high school, my thoughts had shifted to the possibility of being an engineer. However, when I realized that I love the Lord and His Word a lot more than I did math and science, it became clear to me that preaching was what I was going to do.
I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of times when I still don’t really feel “grown up.” I suppose that as a Christian, I still have a lot of growing to do, as do all who walk in Christ. We know that we should be striving to grow in Christ every day. Perhaps as Christians, we don’t fully “grow up” until we attain the resurrection from the dead that Paul talks about in Philippians 3:11-12. The Apostle wrote:
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Php 3:11-12 ESV)
With that thought in mind, when I “grow up,” I want to be like the angels in heaven. After all, that is what Jesus says about the resurrection when answering the Sadducees in Matthew 22, stating in verse 30 that “in the resurrection they…are like angels in heaven.” Humans are currently “a little lower than the angels (Heb. 2:6-7), but Christ promises a day coming when we will be like them.
When I “grow up,” I want to be like Christ is. As a Christian I strive to imitate Christ every day, and be like him as much as possible in everything that I do, but there is an even greater sense of being “like Christ” that I aspire to. Again in Philippians 3, Paul wrote in verse 20-21:
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Php 3:20-21 ESV)
Yes, I still have a lot of growing to do. And I know I will not reach my goal until that day when I am raised to be with the Lord forever (1 Thess. 4:17). Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing my best to grow, and be more like Christ in this life, so that one day I may be resurrected to be like him in glory.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to what Christians believe. Without it, everything that we do is worthless. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15, takes the opportunity to answer some who were giving in to the belief that resurrection wasn’t actually possible. Through his writing, he shows both the foolishness, and the consequences of such a belief.
As we prepare to talk about worship in giving next Sunday, we take a few minutes this morning to talk about what God has given us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why even bother asking as question like this? Don’t we know that Jesus rose from the dead? Our faith is based on Christ rising from the dead, and yet, there are some who do not believe that Christ really was resurrected, but simply that the disciples believed it to be so. In this lesson, we examine some evidence that should shows us that Christ did in fact rise from the dead.
On Easter Sunday, many are mindful of the wonderful gift that God has given us in Christ. Since we have been given such a gift, we ought to respond accordingly. As we study Hebrews 10 together, we will work to understand what we should do in response to such an indescribable gift.