Revelation 1:9-20

            Easter Sunday may have come and gone, but the church remains in the season called “Eastertide,” which is the forty days until celebrating Christ’s ascension to heaven.  This means that Easter is not just a one day affair; it is a joyous time of focusing on new life and exulting in our resurrected Lord.  The Apostle John had a vision of the resurrected Jesus in his glory.  Although John was quivering in his sandals, the Lord said to him: “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.  I died, and behold I am alive forevermore.”
 
            Jesus is alive!  Since Christ is risen, God’s people are united with him in his resurrection.  That means the church is alive.  Yes, the church is a-l-i-v-e, alive!  The term “dead church” gets bantered around quite a bit these days.  But that is really an oxymoron; a genuine Christ redeemed Body of believers cannot possibly be dead; they are alive!  If a church is dead, it is not a church.  It could be a country club, a benevolent organization, and even a moral institution, but a church is not a church if it is dead because Jesus is alive and his body is not dead.
 
            Christians have life in Jesus Christ.  We are alive forevermore because Jesus will never again die.  So, then, we are to live as vigorous and vibrant believers.  What things will you do differently since you know you cannot die?  How will the knowledge of your eternal alive-ness impact you today and every day?  The truth is:  we have been raised with Christ to new life; we cannot die because death no longer has mastery over us.  We can now live by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us.
 

 

            Living Lord, I give you thanks for the gift of life.  Help me to live, really live, in the light of your resurrection so that I can glorify your Name with everything I am.  Amen.

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