January 17, 2009

Easter People

Matthew 28:1-10

As Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:4


In my work I have often had the privilege of meeting people whose lives have been turned right sight up. They have experienced liberation from addictions. They have left behind lifestyles of hatred and violence. They have become truly new.

How is this possible? The key to their transformation is the empty tomb on Easter morning. Paul spells out the impact of that empty grave when he writes in Romans 6:4: “We were … buried with [Christ] through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Easter is obviously a big deal in the life of Jesus. But it’s a big deal for you and me too. The power of the risen Lord breaks addictions, melts hatreds, and gives each of us a sense of purpose to live as resurrection people.

The expression “live a new life” literally means “walk a new life.” The God we serve loves to take walks. He walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). He walked with his Old Testament people through the wilderness into the promised land (Exodus 40:36-38). In Christ, he walked the dusty streets of Palestine and then walked out of an empty tomb on Easter morning. Why? So that we could personally walk with him into the fresh life of Easter victory!

Lord, may the power of your Easter victory be a daily experience in my life. Lead and guide me today into a life of resurrection, hope, and power. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Bob Heerspink

Dr. Robert Heerspink was director of Back to God Ministries International from 2006 until 2011, when he passed away. He had previously pastored several Christian Reformed churches. Bob loved to write and was a frequent contributor to the Today devotional.

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