Resurrection Life

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.

So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.

-John 11:25, Colossians 3:1-3

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Everyone who experienced Easter, with the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead; whether you celebrated privately or publicly, alone or with a small or large group, has been moved into an awareness of the resurrection, which means resurrection life for Christians.  There was a 40 day lead up to Easter called Lent, culminating in the holy weekend, of which we are now on the other side.  My question is, "Now what?"

What is all the Easter talk, thoughts, reflections, meditations, and celebration unto?  Every good message should have an application.  Yes, and the result of Easter is resurrection life.

The message of the gospel is that when you believe, you get life: believers become living-in-Christ-people; or "liver's" for short.  You get to live in Christ and have Christ live in and through your life.  The everlasting life of John 3:16 is now and forever.

The message that Paul gives in Colossians 2 and 3, is that becoming a Christian does not mean you become a ritualistic, legalistic, religious person; but a person living in Christ.  In Christ, there is life. The Christian life is life in Christ, where the sinful life dies and the life I live in Christ flourishes.

We don't stay as the same people who now do certain religious things.  We put to death our sinful ways and begin, over and over, to live in Christ.  Death and resurrection.

When we come to Christ and become Christians, we die and then live.  Our sinful nature, called 'the flesh' in some translations, dies; and we begin to live in Christ, in his resurrection life.  This is the aftercare, the result or life after Easter.

This is the message that every Christian should have gotten from Easter.  Now, we are focused again on resurrection life in Christ.  The Monday, Tuesday, and all the days after Easter are about getting it, if you did not get it; and then living it.

When we see each other, after Easter, we can ask each other, "Did you get it?", or, "How is life?", and we encourage and pray for each other.  Easter and after Easter is the time to remember, start over, and get everything back in focus.

Now to live the life.