How has Christ's resurrection made everything different for you?
5 April 2021
In the past few months, we have seen quite a few developments regarding the COVID-19 situation. Viable vaccines are being rolled out here and in various countries, travel bubbles are becoming more viable, regular work arrangements and church worship are starting to resume. However, even as society seemingly returns to normal life, we know, and we feel, that we have changed. We are no longer the same persons we were before all these. In a recent poll by the Straits Times, 3 out of 4 respondents preferred working from home instead of in the office. Having had a taste of a different mode of work and pace of life, our worldview has changed.
“The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the pioneer of life,’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so.”
C. S. Lewis
A far more earth-shaking event took place 2,000 years ago, and the world has not been the same since. In fact, it still ripples through our world today.
In Jesus’ resurrection, we got to see the ultimate display of power. If humanity’s greatest enemy, death, can be beaten, then in Christ, there is nothing to fear. Not COVID-19, not sickness, not financial difficulty, not vaccinations.
In Jesus’ glorious body, we got to have hope for the future. While our current bodies are susceptible to catching diseases, to pain and limitation, we can look forward to a future glorious body that requires no vaccination or medication.
After Jesus’ resurrection, some disciples tried going back to their old trade, fishing (John 21). But, after seeing what Jesus has done, their old worldview was shattered. They found it impossible to return to who they were with the glorious news of Christ resurrected and ascended, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, bursting out of their souls (Acts 4).
How about you? How has the resurrection of Christ made everything different for you?
Pastoral Associate Mrs. Grace Gan