He’s Alive — And Because of Him, so Are We!
One of my favorite bands is the Electric Light Orchestra.
During this Easter season, one of their songs comes to mind: “I’m Alive!”
Yes, yes, I know. That was the intro song for the otherwise reviled movie musical “Xanadu”. Aside from the great music and the intense art direction (considered incredible by 1980s standards), the movie was glibly titled “Xana-Don’t”.
But let’s put that side. I want to focus on the one song, and the greater message.
I am alive!
Easter is about resurrection! It’s about the triumph, the hyper-victory (Romans 8: 37) of Jesus over sin, death, hell, and the grave. His victory is ours!
Easter is more than the invitation of Spring to drive away the winter.
This time of year, Christians need to reflect on the truth that Jesus died for our sins– all of them!
He also gave us His Life!
This revelation I find is still one of the most neglected in Christendom today.
The way some people act, they behave as though Jesus never died on the Cross.
They live as though “their” life is up to them in every way. “It’s my life, but I have to give it to Christ!”
That message has become too prevalent in our society.
And yet the Gospel offers us so much more, because our need as fallen men and women is so much greater.
From the fall of man, when Adam and Eve chose to partake of the forbidden tree, man died. He didn’t just go from good to bad.
Let’s not forget that God warned them:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2: 17)
From Adam’s disobedience, all of mankind died:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (Romans 5: 12-14)
Most Christians still struggle with this idea.
Yet just like stars falling out of the heavens, or fish jumping out of the water, Adam and Even uprooted themselves from the source of life—God—the moment they choose to know Good and Evil apart from the direction and guidance of their loving Creator.
To this day, men and women still die. Their bodies give out, and their loved ones stand at the graves weeping, knowing in their hearts that this is wrong.
Jesus himself wept at the grave of beloved Lazarus (John 11: 35). Why? Because this was His Father’s or His will for man.
Deather was not–and still is not–the intended end of man.
During His earthly ministry, to prove that He is the Resurrection and the Life, Jesus prayed and called out: “Lazarus, come forth!”
The Gospel of John records:
“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11: 44)
He was dead—and then he was alive!
Jesus did not come just to die for our sins—although this is a central necessity of the Cross.
He came to revive all of us, to give us life again—His Life!
“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.” (John 3: 16)
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10: 10)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
What good is knowing the way or the truth, if we do not have the Life to live it?!
And yet …
Christians are still trying to work off their sins, still trying make things right, in spite of all the wrongs they have committed, still trying to live … the Christian life! Such behavior suggests that Jesus did not do a perfect, glorious, and wonderful work!
I’ve got GOOD news for you people. The Christian life is not just hard—it’s impossible!
I need Him to live His life in me! And He wants to live in us!
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2: 20-21)
And there we have the glory of Easter: Christ now living in us, our hope of glory! (Colossians 1: 27)
Celebrate this Easter with a growing knowledge of Jesus as Your Life (Colossians 3: 4), for without Him, we indeed can do nothing (John 15: 5).
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