At this specific moment that I am writing this post we have 243 days, 14 hours, and 7 minutes till the Christmas Eve Service. For some people this is the time that it will take for them to show up for church service again. For many others it will be the only interval of the two major events in Christianity – Easter and Christmas.
The biggest challenge for the rest of us is to find out how we live the Christian life, knowing that Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Paul in his letter to the Christians in Rome stated this: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4”. Paul makes clear that there are serious and practical implications to the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection is not just an event that took place two thousand years ago. It is still producing fruits today in the lives of Christians everywhere.
This new life started as an act of God – This new life is not something that we produce by ourselves. We cannot do anything about it. God, through His sovereign power came and brought this new life to us. We just received it by faith. It was done by pure grace. It was not deserved or earned at all.
This new life begins inside of us – This new life was implanted inside of our hearts. It started as a small little seed. We heard the message. The Spirit uses the Word to stir our dead spirits and produce life, and suddenly we are able to respond. We believed, we accepted, even though most of the time, we did not understand everything. We just know that something happened inside of us.
This new life manifests in our daily walk – This new life is supposed to grow and manifest, from our hearts to our walk. This is what Paul emphasizes in this text. The expression “may live”, means to walk. The Christian is supposed to walk in a new and different way. We are supposed to follow Jesus in His steps, to behave like Him, to talk like Him, and to think like Him. For this new walk to happen, we need the Scriptures and the fellowship of the church. We cannot do it without the instruction from the Word nor the help of our brothers and sisters.
This new life brings glory to God – Everything that God did, and does and will do yet will bring Glory to Him. Our whole life is supposed to bring glory to Him. This new life that we have because of the resurrection of Christ should glorify and exalt our God. We live to glorify Him. Our attitudes, words, feelings, and thoughts should bring praise to Him. Even the small things that we do, those that do not look important should be done in a way that God will be recognized as a wonderful, powerful, and gracious God. This is what Jesus said in the Sermon of the Mountain: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.”
Have a blessed week,