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Resurrection Reverberations – Energy Emission

Romans 6-4 (3)Key Bible Verse:  Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  – Romans 6:4

Bonus Reading:  Romans 6:1-11

The New Testament says that when people believe in Jesus Christ, then the same divine power that raised Jesus from the dead now works in believers to empower them to live the way Jesus did.

Just as Christ died and was raised, so by faith we can die to the old life of selfishness and rise to a new life in Christ. “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism” (Romans 6:4).

Now that the risen Lord lives in those who believe in Him, they will for His sake live for others.  This may mean rejecting or abandoning an attractive position in Toronto or Vancouver to work with the poor in the Third World.  It may mean deciding to live in the scarred inner city rather than in the pleasant suburbs.  It will certainly mean risking the disapproval of friends, colleagues, and parishioners by clearly and persistently announcing the biblical word that God is on the side of the poor and calls us to be peacemakers.

Because Christ lives in us, we have the spiritual energy to choose the difficult. We’ll be able to exhibit the same kind of love Christ revealed in dying for us precisely because the God who raised our Lord Jesus now raises us to a new life for others.

—Ronald Sider in The Gospel with Extra Salt

My Response: How is my resurrection life flowing out to others?

Thought to Apply: Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the Resurrection.—John Stott (British pastor)

Adapted from The Gospel with Extra Salt (Judson, 2000)

Prayer for the Week:  Please show me, Lord, how the reality of Easter should impact my day-to-day life.

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