For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17.
One of the things I loved about the church I grew up in was the hymns. There is a hymn for every occasion, and every event. They are apt and germane though written several decades ago yet relevant to the time. The resurrection hymns were my best, like this one;
“Jesus lives! Thy terrors now. Can, O death no more appall us; Jesus lives! By this we know. Thou O grave, canst not enthrall us. Hallelujah!”
Singing it in my native tongue made so much sense to me. From birth, dying begins although growth is noted, death is the norm. Even the cells and tissues are programmed to die for growth and development by the process of programmed cell death or apoptosis. Dying is the norm, perishing is expected; the saviour reprogrammes living.
“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”Romans 5:17-18.
From Adam, sin and death was the norm from Christ, righteousness and life came to light. Resurrection power is the disruption of programmed death to life eternal. Salvation is the liberation from the old to the new life The one risen from the dead cannot live a common or normal life.
Resurrection is the release from death, dying, decay to reign in life. Life just got a boost by the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead. Everyone and everything raised by him has new life as the heritage of redemption. Death, decay and dying is no longer the norm but the exception.
Normality has been abolished exceptionality is the new norm by the power of resurrection. I am raised to reign!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”2 Corinthians 5:17-18.
Dear father, thank you for the power of resurrection that disrupts programmed death to life. I am raised to reign in life, I am no longer a slave to death in Jesus name.