Resurrected with Christ
By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)
Lloyd Ogilvie was a Presbyterian minister who served as chaplain of the U.S. Senate. He said, “The most powerful historical proof of the resurrection is the ‘resurrected’ disciples. Dull, defeated people became fearless, adventuresome leaders. Cowards became courageous; the timid became triumphant; the inept did the impossible.”
It’s been said that like the first disciples, our greatest need is not just to hear about the resurrection, but to have the resurrection happen to us.
I don’t have to take you to an empty tomb and show you that it longer bears the body of Jesus. I can just let you walk with me and tell you my testimony. I not only believe in a resurrected Christ, but I’m the testimony of a resurrected man. Things I used to do—I don’t do those anymore. And the places that I used to go—I can’t go there anymore. I can’t help but to love Jesus because I have personally found salvation at the foot of the cross. Like the old hymn, I declare,
At the Cross! At the Cross! where I first saw the light, And the burden of my heart rolled away, It was there by faith I received my sight, And now I am happy all the day!
I believe that Jesus is the resurrected Lord because I am a resurrected individual. I was dead in trespasses and sin. I was blind. I was headed to condemnation, but I heard the voice of Jesus and now I live.
I know that Jesus lives because He lives in me. I know He’s strong. I know He brings blessings. I know He opens doors. I know He makes ways. I know He has power. I know He heals sickness. I know He defeats enemies. I know He defends and protects and provides.
I know all of these things from experience because He lives inside of me. Does He live inside of you as well? When you establish an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, you will find that your life has just begun.
Don’t just hear about the resurrection; let the resurrection happen to you.