New Life

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
~ Colossians 3:1

On Easter morning, new life came to Jesus’ lifeless body. An angle told the women at Jesus’ empty tomb, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:5b-6a.

Paul says to the Colossians and us, “You have been raised with Christ.”

How can this be? When the Holy Spirit works faith in a person’s heart, their whole life changes in an instant. Through faith, Jesus and his people become inexorably intertwined. He led a perfect life in God’s sight. By faith, his followers receive that perfect life in God’s sight. He conquered death. By faith, his followers will one day conquer death.

We don’t need to go back in time to be raised with Christ. Instead, Christ comes to us–to our hearts by faith–and brings with him the power of his resurrection: joy where there was only sadness, certain hope where there was only despair, and a glorious new life where there was only death.

On Easter morning everything changed in an instant! Jesus is alive forever and ever! Rejoice!

Prayer: Risen Savior, I rejoice in your resurrection and gladly embrace the hope you have brought me. Thank you for conquering death and giving me new life in you. Amen.

Published by Living Hope Church

Living Hope is a WELS Lutheran Church located in Omaha, NE.