What does Easter mean for NOW?

Easter has just passed (unless you are Orthodox; in which case, it’s just coming up), but many of you will still be eating Easter candy for a while yet. While we chomp on the chocolate, let us also chew on spiritual truths.

I want to focus on the Cross, and what it means to us right now. Around this time of year, we often talk about how the Cross has liberated us from death. We talk about how we can face eternity with joy, and how we will not fear death because we will have eternal life in our Father’s heavenly house.

All true, yes. And good spiritual truth, yes. But this is only one part of the message of the Cross.

This is what it means to us later–what it will come to mean for us.

But what does the Cross mean to us now? Today? This very hour?

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 shows us what it means to us now:

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore, from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

We are no longer the same people. We have changed. Through the Cross, nothing is the same. On Easter, we celebrate that nothing will ever be the same again.

The love of Christ controls us. (Not our own fleshly passions; not the pressures of this culture; not our past; not anything else but His all-transforming, death-providing, life-creating Love)

We and our sin died with Christ.

We no longer live for ourselves.

We live for Him, who died for and rose for us.

Our perception and perspective is entirely changed.

We are new creatures.

THIS is what Easter means for now. We celebrate LIFE. Not just eternal life, but power for new, holy lives today. Not just hope for a joyous eternity, but hope for a joyous, set-apart life today.

Oh by brethren, let us stop living apathetically. Let us gladly sink to the tomb with Christ, crucifying anything and everything that stops us from getting closer to Christ. And let us boldly burst forth from the tomb with Christ, rising again a new creation, victoriously claiming the power of the Holy One of Israel. Let us pour everything we are into His path–his narrow, rocky path–His painful, lonely path–His joyous, breathtaking path. He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. His righteousness, clothing us, because He died and rose again. We are ALIVE. Let us no longer slumber, but let us celebrate and claim this LIFE this very moment.


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  1. I was just reading and pondering that very passage. Thanks for posting it.

  2. I have been thinking about what it means to live for
    someone else recently as well. You have some good thoughts here.

  3. “We no longer live for ourselves; we live for Him.”

    “But let us celebrate and claim this LIFE this very moment.”

    Again … thank you. Good stuff, indeed!!!


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