Author: Kristi Wile
Resurrection Sunday. Jesus is alive! I wonder if we realize how much this resurrection affects us in our everyday lives and not just our life after death.
In Matthew’s account, we read this: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (27:52-53) Matthew is the only gospel account that mentions this. But I want to know more!
Think about this: Jesus has been crucified and as he died, darkness blanketed the day. Earthquakes rocked the ground, the 30 foot high veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, and dead people came out of their graves! No wonder the centurion said “Truly this was the Son of God!”
It’s no accident that we aren’t given the details. But I am drawn to this fact! Dead people came out of their graves and went back into the city and appeared to many! What did they talk about? Did they know that it was because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that they lived again? Had Jesus personally released them from death? Did they see Him? Talk to Him? How did this change the life that they now lived? Did they proclaim God’s glories and tell everyone who came to see the “miracle” that it was all because of Jesus?
What we see here is an immediate effect on people’s lives. Change. The gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to change us. If Jesus had not come to die, we would have no life at all. He alone was found worthy to offer the payment for our sin. Yet He didn’t stay in the grave. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!
So I ask myself, Has my life been changed? Am I aware that it is because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that I have been made alive? Do I know that Jesus personally released me from my spiritual death? Do I proclaim His glories and tell everyone who sees my “miracle” that it is all because of Jesus?
Oh, friend, If you aren’t sure whether you’ve experienced this life, ask Jesus to show you what you need. He certainly will. After all, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. (Eph. 2:4-5)