Resurrection Day — Easter — is the day that, across this globe, people look to the day that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was raised from the dead. Any believer understands that it is not just a one-day celebration, but a reality that is realized and impacts every day of our year. It affirms that God the Father sent Jesus to day an atoning death on Calvary’s cross, and as Ps. 16 says, “He will not allow His Holy One, God will not allow His Holy One, the Messiah, to see corruption.” His body did not languish in the grave, but was raised by the power of God.
It also calls to our attention the most crucial need anyone has — to experience the new life that comes only through faith in Jesus. And it drives us to consider our responsibility to tell others about the only One — Jesus — who can provide eternal redemption from sin and the sure hope of spending eternity with our Lord in heaven.
I am encouraged by the words of the prophet Isaiah 52:13, written 700 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, about the promised Messiah. He wrote that the Messiah would be successful, and that he would be raised, lifted up and highly exalted. We see that prophesy describes Jesus perfectly. He was resurrected, then He ascended back to the Father and He will be highly exalted at the Second Coming — there will be a time when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.
It is because of the resurrection power of Christ that those who trust in Him find atonement for their sins. When trust is placed in Christ, the person is redeemed — saved from death unto life. We rejoice in the reality that the same blood which justifies us by taking away sin then quickens our new nature and prompts us to follow biblical instruction.
Charles Spurgeon said, “There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. Precious — unspeakably precious — is this blood because it has an overcoming power. It is written, ‘They overcame through the blood of the Lamb.’ He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus … sin dies at its pretense, death ceases to be death, heaven’s gates are open.”
Sadly, millions in our world today are living their lives apart from the saving knowledge of Jesus. They are as inmates living on death row, rather than being free and enjoying the abundant life Christ promises His followers.
May we as Christians remember the time that we moved from death unto life when we placed our faith in Christ. Some have testimonies of coming to faith in childhood while others may have had a “Damascus Road-type” experience as an adult. Regardless of when that change occurred, it reminds us to be diligent to tell others of their need for new life in Christ. May we encourage them with the words, “It is time to seek the Lord.”
Scripture is filled with testimonies of people who have experienced the new life that Christ provides.
Matt. 9:20 tells of a woman who had a blood disease for 12 years, but she believed that if she just could touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed. When Jesus saw her, He said her faith had made her well.
This sick woman understood that Jesus was the only hope she had. There was no one else and no other way to rid her of this long-term disease. Every person must come to that same conclusion regarding the sin that exists in everyone — new life through Jesus is the only thing that meets our needs and satisfies our hearts.
Jesus has time for every person. This blood disease had dominated the woman’s life for 12 years, but in that instant of trusting Jesus, the pain and misery of the past disappeared. We are encouraged by the words of Lamentations 3, “You drew near when I called on You; You said, ‘Do not fear.’ ”
That is the message of hope we explain to those who do not know Jesus. We desire them to see Jesus and experience His saving power. Seeing the resurrected Lord led John to declare, “We have seen His glory;” to two disciples on the Emmaus Road saying, “Were not our hearts burning within us while we talked?” and Peter proclaiming, “We have seen His glory.”
May we live out the words of the 1924 hymn Let Others See Jesus in You. May our lives be a continual testimony to the power of new life that comes only through Jesus.
Chip Hutcheson is former publisher of The Times Leader. He now serves as content strategist for Kentucky Today and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.