Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. “
Jesus is alive! He was raised from the dead on the third day. We celebrate Easter because everything that Jesus came for is completed with his resurrection. From his birth, to his death on the cross, and then his resurrection, the miraculous plan of God for our redemption was accomplished. For us we can be confident that life does not end in death because Jesus overcame death. God raised him from the dead, and he has promised to raise us. Eternal life is his gift to us.
I like Paul’s analogy in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 where he compares resurrection to the planting of a seed. You put a seed in the ground and bury it. If conditions are right, a living plant rises from the ground. What comes up is totally different in appearance than the seed you planted, but it has new life. When we die and are buried, our bodies as we know them are finished, but when we are resurrected, we’ll have a new body. Unlike the old body, our new body has eternal life which is God’s gift to us.
Jesus is alive! All that we hope for is centered on this truth. If Jesus is not alive than what do we have? Yet, he is alive, and our future is secured. Praises be to God! We are like little children standing in awe and wonder at what God has done for us. The greatest gift has been purchased, and it is now freely given to you and me. Oh what amazing things you have done, our holy and wonderful God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.