If there’s anybody in the world who has cause to rejoice the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s a born once more Christian.
Although we really commemorate the Resurrection as we worship as an area church physique each Sunday, I respect a day—and every week previous—to give this crowning fact of the Christian life additional emphasis.
So how ought to we rejoice?
1. Meditate on Christ’s sufferings.
Before Christ rose from the lifeless, He allowed Himself to expertise brutal injustice, horrific ache, and indescribable sorrow. And He did all of it for our salvation.
Meditate on the love of God expressed on this struggling. Read Isaiah 53, Matthew 26–27, Mark 14–15, Luke 22–23, and/or John 13–15.
There isn’t any manner to correctly rejoice the joys of the Resurrection with out attaching them to the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
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Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: but we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and stricken. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and together with his stripes we’re healed.—Isaiah 53:four–5
2. Witness to others.
Invite your unsaved household, buddies, co-workers, and neighbors to come to church. Many who’re too busy to come each different Sunday will come on Easter Sunday—which additionally occurs to be the Sunday they’re seemingly to hear a sermon that’s wholly centered on the gospel.
Participate in your church’s soulwinning and outreach efforts for Easter. As I’ve been out soulwinning this very week, I’ve had folks inform me, “I was looking for a church to go to on Easter.”
The week previous Easter Sunday is a superb week to not be ashamed of the gospel.
For I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it’s the energy of God unto salvation to each one that believeth; to the Jew first, and in addition to the Greek.—Romans 1:16
three. Rejoice in the Resurrection.
Have you thought-about these days the day by day implications of the Resurrection to your life as a Christian? It means Christianity is actual (1 Corinthians 15:13–14). It means Jesus is extra highly effective than sin and dying (1 Corinthians 15:26–27). It means you may have been liberated to not serve sin (Romans 6:9–11). It means you may have a residing hope (1 Peter 1:three).
If you may have kids, train them why the Resurrection is particular and what it means to our religion. On age-appropriate ranges, assist them perceive the pleasure wrapped up on this occasion we rejoice.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in accordance to his considerable mercy hath begotten us once more unto a vigorous hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the lifeless,—1 Peter 1:three
four. Pray for a chance to personally lead somebody to Christ.
There isn’t any higher manner to rejoice the Resurrection than to see somebody flip from darkness to mild, from the hopeless bondage of sin to the joyful freedom of salvation.
Perhaps you’ll get a chance to lead somebody by way of the gospel in the week previous Easter—once you’re inviting them to church. Perhaps you will get a chance to share the gospel with an unsaved visitor on Easter Sunday.
Be alert, ready, and prepared for an opportunity to share with another person the hope you maintain by way of salvation.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be prepared at all times to give a solution to each man that asketh you a cause of the hope that’s in you with meekness and concern:—1 Peter three:15
5. Maintain contact with new believers.
As God permits you to see fruit by way of your witness, don’t abandon these new believers. Follow up in serving to them develop of their religion and Christlikeness. Be proactive and diligent in encouraging their development in the Lord.
So being affectionately desirous of you, we have been keen to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God solely, but additionally our personal souls, as a result of ye have been expensive unto us.—1 Thessalonians 2:eight
We who know Christ have trigger to rejoice His resurrection every single day of our lives. And we do rejoice it each Sunday with our church household.
But since there’s a day designated on the calendar to commemorate this occasion, let’s seize the day to rejoice in what it means to us personally and to search to lead one other individual to the resurrected Saviour!