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Resurrecting Jesus

It’s Easter morning and Jesus needs resurrecting.

Not from His tomb --- He left that three days after His death.  I don’t know of many people who’ve taken a serious look at the New Testament and remained unconvinced of His rising.  There have been quite a few who have read with doubts and ended up being thoroughly dissuaded of them. Frank Morison was such a person.  He set out to document what he believed to be the mythical nature of the resurrection in a paper entitled, Jesus – The Last Phase.  It was never written because the more Morison studied the biblical evidence, the more convinced he became of its veracity. The book he ended up writing (Who Moved the Stone?), is a compelling examination of the gospel narratives that has helped many to believe.  No, rising from the dead is not what I mean when I say Jesus needs resurrecting. 

What I mean is that the world needs to see Jesus alive in His people.    

How does this happen?  The answer may surprise you.

Let me suggest that we need to begin by understanding why Jesus was resurrected.  It wasn’t because the Old Testament predicted it, the apostles needed hope, or so the Spirit could be sent.  He was resurrected because He lived a life that was perfectly surrendered to His Father.  In Philippians 2:8-11, Paul speaks of Jesus as:  
being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus’ death on the cross was the culmination of a life that represented God fully and completely. 
What happened in the life of Jesus and at the cross was what didn’t happen in Eden or anywhere else. God was honored totally! The resurrection was the logical outcome of such a life (Acts 2:24).

For Jesus to be resurrected today means we allow Him to live through us in the same way!  I’m not saying we can be perfect, but we can be surrendered.  We can live with God at the center of our lives.  We can have as our goal to be pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9).  This means no “name only” following.  It means no partial discipleship.  The world has already seen too much of this.  What they need to see is Christ living in us.

When they do, they’ll be no questions about our compassion, mercy, humility, or fidelity.  All of the  questions will be about Jesus. (Won't that be nice?).

May God help us to roll away our stones so that Jesus can live in our lives!
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