“No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good. Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life.” – John Piper.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in the history of the world. Jesus was not a mere human being. He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit, showcasing Him as the one true Messiah: “…he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). He told His disciples multiple times before He was crucified that He would die and rise again. There is no other person in history who openly declared that He had the power to rise from the dead and kept His promise. Jesus is the only one who has ever done that and will ever do so.
The resurrection has important consequences for our day-to-day lives. We should never forget that we can apply the resurrection to the mundane minutiae of everyday life. It can seem insignificant, but those little everyday things are where the rubber of theology and faith meets the road For example, knowing about the resurrection helps us deal with the difficulties of our daily walk with God. When we encounter challenges we don’t quit. There is a reason to keep going when others would suggest that you eat and drink and be merry when things go bad. When push comes to shove, applying the gospel of Jesus to everyday life is one of the most important things we can do.
Start looking at the activities of your daily life through the lens of the gospel and you will be surprised by the enormity of the gospel and how it applies to every moment of every day.
It is one thing to grasp the substance of the gospel but it is quite another to master its implications for life. We all struggle to explore the mysteries of the gospel on a regular basis, but we should allow its message to influence our lives daily. This is an important part of everyday life for everyday people who follow Jesus. So how do we do that? How do we learn to do God’s will—to walk with Him—every single day?
If you look at all aspects of life through the lens of the gospel, you will see the need for Jesus every hour. It will draw you to the truth of the gospel when you get upset when somebody cuts you off or you are dealing with an illness in your life. Because of the resurrection, we are to live in a new and different way. Instead of serving the desires of the flesh, we want to serve the Lord, because we will be with Him forever.
- Do you think of the gospel on a daily basis? If not why not?
- What can we do this week to make the gospel a part of our daily lives?