April 30 – Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life – Why Being New Matters

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6:2

He spoke at Creation, that first day amid the darkness and formless.

“Let there be light,” and there was light. (Gen. 1:3)

He spoke light with a Word, and it was. The Word created light and life.

Then the Word came, the image of God Himself in human form. And the Word gave life. The Word gave His very own life.

Jesus Christ, the Word in flesh, spoke light into the darkness of sin and death. He conquered death with the power that is His alone. He braved the pain of suffering, and He died so that mankind could live.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (5:21)

Now we carry around His death so that His real life, the kind of living designed by God Himself, might be revealed in our earthly bodies. Not only that, but now that we are really alive, we die daily to ourselves and our expectations and our own motives. We do it so we might display the true life He has given us. We die daily to death-living because of the true hope that the very God who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us . . . in his presence (4:14).

Knowing this true and real hope, living this authentic life, the very gift of God, this is how we withstand hard times. When we hold this gift, this real and true living with tenacity and hope, we find strength to hold up under pressure. The stress of trials and troubles that sometimes threaten to overwhelm don’t touch us when we fix our eyes on the truth that we have died, and are dying, to ourselves. We are alive only in Christ Jesus, the God of all.

He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (5:15)

The very God Who spoke light into Creation spoke light into our hearts with the Word, Jesus Christ. He gave us this light that He might draw all men to Himself. That we might become His ambassadors, shining His light, living His life, for all to see His creation power and know His life.

Bria Wasson

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