Growing up, my Easter consisted of egg hunts, food, and a whole bunch of candy. Not very different from your own Easter, right? Well, the big missing factor was Jesus. As I have gotten older I have explored more about the Resurrection and it definitely is more than eggs and a bunny.
I know when we think about the Resurrection, we think about what Christ has done for the world. BUT, I want to challenge you to think about what it means for you. Here are some questions that God challenged me with even as I was writing this article:
How often do I minimize Resurrection Sunday to just a single Sunday?
How often do I forget to thank Jesus everyday for where I am at right now?
How often do I do not take advantage of the new life that I have?
I guess what I am getting at is the new life that we get to experience is too great to keep to one time of year. Take a second and think about all of the things that have happened, the things that you persevered through, and where you are at now?
Ain’t Jesus good?
As I have thought more and more about what new life looks like in my own life, the areas of my life that might not be pleasing to God often distract me. I look at where I could be and instead of being hopeful, I’m disappointed. I sometimes feel like I am wasting what Christ has given me (Heavy? I know). The reality is, that could not be further from the truth. My shortcomings doesn’t change Jesus’ mind about me.
It comes down to this, guys: Jesus did not die out of pure obligation; he died for our imperfections. He died so that no matter where we are at in our relationship with him we are able to simply say, “ I need you” and he answers.
The new life in Christ is about freedom— Jesus died not out of obligation but he died to set us free from our imperfections, brokenness, and sin and to call us to a higher standard of freedom in him. We are in process, yes, but when we look at Jesus who is the hope, we can be set free and given new life. This is an every day thing, not a one time a year deal. Jesus comes into our brokenness and breathes life on areas that are dead.
This might not be you and that’s okay. Easter may mean something complete different for you and for that I rejoice with you. Wherever you are on the spectrum I encourage you to meditate on Romans 5:1-6:
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
What does this new life mean for you? I hope big things.
Jonathan grew up in Chula Vista, California up until he was 15 years old. He then moved to a small town in the High Desert called Barstow where he spent his high school years. He graduated with a degree in History/Political Science from Vanguard University in 2014. He is currently working as a Resident Coordinator at Vanguard, while he is completing his Master's degree in Organizational Psychology.