Yesterday (as I write) we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ, our Risen Savior. God, who squeezed Himself into an earth suit and came to earth to dwell with those whom He created to fellowship with to share Himself with. We couldn’t come to Him, so He came to us.
But His God-ness was too big for us, so He became small. So small in fact that He surrendered His bodily care into our hands as an infant.
He lived an earthly life sacrificing part of who He really was for the sake us – living as if He was just one of us, not living fully as God. He chose not to access His divinity while here, for our sakes.
He lived life just like the rest of us. He lived in community and fellowship with others. He ate, drank, worked, went to weddings, went to the Feasts. There was however one significant difference – He did it in perfect obedience to the Father in heaven.
It was the first time God Himself had truly lived with man since the garden, since Adam and Eve, the lie and the fruit.
How did we handle God with man? We accused Him. We blamed Him. We tried Him. We convicted Him. We nailed Him to a tree. Our sin – my sin – nailed Him to that cross.
Not only did all sin for all time nail Him to that cross, but He actually BECAME all sin for all time for all men ON that cross. There is not one sin unaccounted for, unatoned for. He became the curse that God promised would come to His people if they did not obey (see Deuteronomy 28) Him. In Himself, God fulfilled that Old Covenant of bulls and goats. He satisfied it, He completed it. What we could not do for ourselves God did for us. He became one of us and sacrificed Himself, Jesus, for us.
When God the Father resurrected Him, He approved the sacrifice. He proclaimed it sufficient to satisfy His wrath. The blood sacrifice was so sufficient that no other sacrifice would EVER again be necessary. In Christ, God is satisfied and for those who receive Jesus – the way, the truth and the life – the covenant of sin and death is finished.
We are children of God, we are complete in Him. He has given us EVERYTHING pertaining to life and godliness. We are righteous, loved and 100% accepted by God.
So this is really the point of my post today, as believers in Jesus Christ, how are we to live this day and every day after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Jesus had some things to say about why He came:
John 3:16-17 (NASB) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
John 10:10b (NASB) “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
So according to Jesus, He came that the world might be saved and that ‘they’ (those who are saved – see earlier in John 10) may have abundant life.
So I have to ask myself, as a believer, am I living the abundant life? Ok, maybe I also have to ask myself, what does abundant life mean or what does it look like?
Does it depend on my circumstances? Does it depend on my health? Does it depend on my finances? Does it depend on my job? Does it depend on my wallet? How much does it actually depend on me? How does it happen?
Am I living the life Jesus came to give me? If not, why?
Here’s a bit of what Paul has to say about the life Jesus came to give me:
Romans 5:17 (NASB) “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
So according to Paul, those of us who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, or in other words those of us who are saved, will reign in life through Christ.
Now I have another question for myself. Am I reigning in life?
I’ve been running into these verses for years and honestly, I haven’t known what to do with them because the truth is abundance and reigning are probably the last two words I would ever have chosen to describe most of my life. They almost sound extravagant and regal. But given how sometimes well-meaning church folk can throw them around when we are facing very real, very difficult life situations, they can also sound trite, convenient, and dismissive.
But this side of the Resurrection of Christ they should characterize the life of the believer.
So, if you are being 100% honest with yourself and God, would you say you are reigning in life? Would you say your life is abundant? It is ok to be honest with God, He knows anyway.
If you are willing, I would love it if you would share some of your thoughts, feelings, or questions about this. If not, just begin talking to the Lord about it.
My desire is to chew on the ideas of abundant life and reigning in life for a bit. I have no agenda here and I confess upfront not to have all of the answers. But if God says in His word these are what He came to give us, and we just celebrated the death, burial, and resurrection of the One who made it possible, maybe we need to think about it a little and ask God to shed some Light for us.
Father, You promise in Your Word that if we will ask for wisdom You will give it liberally and without reproach. We are asking Father.
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