7 Ways the Resurrection Changes Me

  1. Jesus’s resurrection ensures our substitution | THE SACRIFICE IS MADE
    The resurrection of Jesus proves that Jesus was received an acceptable substitutionImageary sacrifice.  Jesus was the sinless priest who offered the Himself. His sacrifice perfectly represented man and satisfied God.  The resurrection proves that Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of God’s law on our behalf.
  1. Jesus’ resurrection ensures our propitiation | THE DEBT IS PAID
    The resurrection is God’s receipt that our accounts have been “paid in full”.  The ransom price was not paid to God’s enemy.  The debt was owed to God.  Jesus saves us from God’s wrath by absorbing all of the divine punishment man deserved.  The resurrection proves God’s wrath is forever appeased.
  1. Jesus’ Resurrections ensures our regeneration| THE CURSE IS LIFTED
    The resurrection reveals what it looks like to go from death to life.  As a result of man’s sin, God cursed creation.  As a result of God’s curse, everything died.  The resurrection demonstrates God’s intention to lift the curse and “make all things new”, beginning with our life and relationships now.
  2. Jesus’ resurrection ensures our justification | THE LAW IF FULFILLED
    The resurrection declares me innocent.  Guilty of rebellion, the judge has declared has cleared me of all charges.  My slate is clean and I am not longer condemned.  The law has no claim on us, we live under grace.
  1. Jesus’ resurrection ensures our imputation | THE HOLINESS IS GIVEN
    The resurrection proves I am more than just “not unrighteous.”  Jesus has taken my place and received the penalty I deserved. It is the great exchange—Christ takes my sin on the cross and I receive His sinless-ness through the resurrection.  God sees us as He sees His Son, perfect.
  1. Jesus’ resurrection ensures our sanctification | THE POWER IS HERE
    The resurrection means that my savior is alive.  As Paul says in Galatians, “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”  The Spirit of Christ dwells in me, not only giving me the power to resist sin, but helping to transform me into greater Christ-likeness.
  1. Jesus resurrection ensures our restoration | THE HOPE IS REAL
    The resurrection gives me hope after death.  More than that, Jesus resurrected body reveals what my own body will look like one day. We will not simply become some weird creatures with wings and a halos.  Those who believe, will be restored to perfect humanness God intended and live with Him for eternity.

Believing the resurrection changes who I am:  In Christ I am saved, I am forgiven, I am free, I am innocent, I am righteous, I am strong, and I am destined for eternal life and total restoration.  

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Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.