What does Christ’s resurrection mean to you?
On Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday this 2018, WIMO held another spirit-filled Easter presentation at the West Worship Centre to share the ultimate love story ever known to humanity. Jesus’ life here on Earth has been written in Scripture and told many times, but what does this man from 2000 years ago, who’s claimed to have died on the cross and have resurrected in three days have to do with us now? From beginning to end, this was depicted through the music, the stories, the words, and above it all, revealed by God’s Spirit.
By simply reenacting Jesus’ mission here on Earth and what He did in three days, it became a visual reminder for all of us of what Jesus had gone through. He did not only come to die, but He came to suffer. He endured the weight of the cross, bore the mockery of others, and was momentarily separated from the Father. Jesus paid it all, my debt and yours.
“…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Every time I read the story of Easter, my heart is filled with such joy and wonder. The story doesn’t end there. It doesn’t end when Jesus was crucified on the cross: He is alive! Our Messiah has risen! He came what to do what He did on Earth, and He fulfilled it all. All for love.
The power that comes with His resurrection is shown through our lives and is making all things new. From death to life, He has not only resurrected, but He is resurrecting us as well. We come alive in Him. This is no casual joke, but God is truly bringing us to life, and revolutionizing our hearts. We are not the same people we used to be, and we can proudly shake the burden off. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19).
I thank God every day that He is continually resurrecting others, and it was no lie that He definitely did on Friday and Sunday. It was never because of the song choices, or how well we sang it, or the high-quality production, but it was because of Jesus. Jesus changed everything when He was on Earth, and He is continually changing us. One by one, people came to the front to declare their unspeakable urge to follow Jesus, and the power of the resurrection is being shown in this simple act. I can declare more and more, that it is no doubt that what a man did 2000 years ago on the hill of calvary most certainly has to do everything with us.
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person,
though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.”
Truly when someone says “What love is this?”, more than ever I always ponder, what love is this that we are continually wrapped up in and is never let go? That someone would never give up on the ones who have continually let Him down. That someone would have predestined to adopt us as His own. That someone would give us the power of His resurrection. That someone would offer up His life for the unworthy. That someone would pay our debt fully. What love is this?
Thank you, Jesus. Amen and amen.
– Micah Ocampo