Pastors' Corner

“Resurrection promise at Easter”

We recently celebrated Easter here at Head of Christiana with a Sunrise service in our cemetery, fellowship over breakfast, and traditional worship in our sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, we hear once again the proclamation of the angel who proclaims, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised as he said.” (Matt. 28:5-6). In Christian tradition, Easter lasts more than just a day — it lasts for an entire season until Pentecost.

During this season on the church calendar, we reflect upon Jesus’ resurrection and what it means for our lives as Christians.

Why is Jesus’ resurrection so important? It is important for a number of reasons. First, Jesus’ death and resurrection give us freedom from sin and death. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Second, Jesus’ resurrection gives us the promise of eternal life. Jesus says in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Third, Jesus’ resurrection gives us the power to live the kind of righteous life God intended us to live. Colossians 3:9-10 tells us that in Christ, we have “stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” In our new self in Christ, we can live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. In Christ, we can bear with one another, forgive one another, and live in love with one another (Col. 3:12-14).

Let us strive to live the kind of resurrection life made possible to us in Jesus Christ, at Easter and always!

Blessings,

Hilary

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