Christ in you is the hope of glory
On this Sunday the excitement, wonder, and special religious activities of Easter are a week-old memory. But as all true believers know; every day is resurrection day. The glory, majesty, and eternal significance of the resurrection emanates from the hearts of those who have risen with Christ from the dead through the waters of baptism into the newness of life. The Apostle Paul penned the following words by the pure, undefiled inspiration of the Holy Spirit: Romans 6:4 “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
Everything that God does has a “so that”. For the born-again child of God, resurrection is about one thing- walking in newness of life. Though we were once dead in our sins and trespasses; we are now alive as new creatures, and walking a walk we never dreamed possible. The greatest celebration of Easter is a sanctified life walked out by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Cross of Calvary took care of the old nature and the empty tomb makes real and viable the new one. Resurrection is not just an event — it is a life-style. Everything in the world tells us that we cannot live an overcoming life; but the rolled away stone shouts above the cacophony of fear and doubt: “Yes you can — and by God’s grace you will!” Thus, we become broken bread and poured out wine as living sacrifices for our Lord.
A key to living a victorious life is to cease from seeing religious experiences happening in your life. Your life ended at Calvary — not figuratively but literally. It is no longer you that lives — but Christ that lives in you. It is not about religion — it is about relationship. The Word of God declares that you can do all things through the Christ Who lives in you and strengthens you. And how about this mind-blowing and humbling reality — according to 2 Peter 1:4 “He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them we may become partakers of His divine nature…”!
My brother and sister, salvation is not rehabilitation — it is resurrection! It is not about trying to clean up the old mess — its about dying with Christ, rising with Him, and living as He would live by the power of the same Holy Spirit that raised Him from the dead. Embrace resurrection power and live in the newness of life. Remember — Christ in you is the hope of glory!!
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)