Raised To Life - April 2023

There is something about this time of year that can make being a Christian feel extra special. Generally each year around this time, many Christians reflect on what is often referred to as "the journey to the cross." During this "journey", Christians reflect on the events in Jesus' ministry starting with the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11), the last supper (what Christians now observe as holy communion) (Mark 14:12-25), the events the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27:32-56), and finally His resurrection. (Mark 16:5-7)

When we really sit and meditate on all that Christ sacrificed for us, it is extremely moving. Have you ever taken a moment to really walk through Jesus‘s life? Maybe you have completed a Bible study or read a commentary.  Of course, as believers it’s a story that we talk about often, but it’s never wasted time to reflect on Jesus, his life, and what his sacrifice means for Christians today. Thankfully, as a believer, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord all of the time. We don’t have to wait until lent, "holy week", or resurrection Sunday to reflect on that miracle. However, this time allows us to dig deeper into Jesus' life, His ministry, and the lessons He taught us while on Earth.

If we take to heart what the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus truly means, it has the power to re-ignite our commitment to our faith. The Bible tells us that God sent His son to be human (just like us) so that we would have a way to be reconciled back to Him. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21) To be clear, in case you are reading this and you're not sure how to be reconciled back to God, Jesus is the one and only way to the Father. (John 14:6)  I’m so thankful that Jesus, whileHhe was here in human form, (having all of the temptations and thoughts that we have today), chose obedience to His Father over everything else.

The word tells us that as our sins are nailed to the cross with Jesus (Colossians 2:13-14) , we have the ability to be raised to life with him too. Let’s not waste our opportunity to live a life reflective of Jesus. Let’s not give up the chance to strive to be like our Lord. Let’s do all we can to walk with Him, talk with Him, and be one with Him. Let's choose to live a life reflective of someone that has been made new through Christ! As we continue to carry the resurrection of Jesus in our hearts  daily, let us never forget the sacrifice that Jesus made so that we would have the opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven. Jesus has been raised to life! (Matthew 20:18-19) Thanks to Him, so are we - we are no longer slaves to sin. (Roman 6:6)  With a heart full of thankfulness for something that only He could do, commit today to give Him all the honor and glory that are due Him.

Tyndale House Foundation. (1996, 2004, 2015). Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Carol Stream, Illinois. All rights reserved.: Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.

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