Part of a Series: Reflections on Holy Week
by Steve Dunn
It is Easter and Christians everywhere are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is no small matter. For as British theologian John R.W. Stott has written: “Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”
Part of its significance is rooted in a fundamental truth.
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6.5-11
I have a friend who is Greek Orthodox. He says that on Easter morning they have a greeting. “Good rising!” It is an expression of their joy at the knowledge that Christ is risen from the dead–and with Him they, too, are risen. Christ’s resurrection changes everything for those who are united with Him. And it echoes Jesus’ words:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”… – John 11.25-26
Do you believe this?
Then if so, “Good rising!”
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