When I was a kid growing up in Sunday School, I used to hear and sing a song with these lyrics:
“Alive, Alive, Alive Forevermore, my Jesus is alive, alive forever more!”
For some it may play over again in your mind after you’ve remembered it!
I used to sing it with the actions and everything yet I didn’t know the true meaning behind it, the reason why it was even made into a song in the first place.
During the past week, while I was preparing a message for Easter Sunday. I remembered why the lyrics of that song was so powerful and man! I can’t get over it! The message of Easter is so important for us Christians, that without it our faith is in vain! (1 Corinthians 15:14)
So let me share to you two things I learned and remembered during Easter that so powerful for me that I still can’t get over it.
1. Because Jesus lived again, we can live again.
John 14:19b ESV – …Because I live, you also will live.
For us Christians, we are not worshiping a dead Jesus but rather a Jesus that has died on a cross but on the third day was alive again. That’s the full story of the gospel. That’s the full message of Jesus Christ!
I heard one pastor said, “Jesus came not to make bad people good but to make dead people alive again.”
We were dead in our sins. Yet when Jesus rose from dead, He raised us up with Him. So stop living a life as if you are still dead!
If you’re in Christ, you’ve been raised with Christ. Stop living in a tomb. Stop living in a cave. Stop living in the dark.
Also, whatever is dead in your life, God can breathe life into it again. Every dead dream, dead hope, dead relationship, name it. Jesus is into resurrecting dead things! He’s a turnaround expert!
2. Because Jesus defeated death, we will never see death.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For us, if we have put our faith in Jesus, death is not a final statement. We may die physically but our spirit will live on forever. That’s eternal life!
But God doesn’t just want you to have eternal life but He also wants to give you the fullness of life, right now, in your current situation, He wants you to have peace, joy, strength and so much more.
Don’t let the enemy kill your faith. Kill your dreams. Kill your joy. Kill your hope. Never accept defeat.
Jesus wants us to live a life! A life that’s not dead and defeated.
Jesus defeated death! The devil wanted to use death as the ultimate scare but with Christ, you can live a life free from the fear of death because you will never die!
Now, you can sing the song again with me in full confidence:
“Alive, Alive, Alive forevermore! My Jesus is alive, alive forevermore!”
Now if that’s Jesus’ story, that can be your story too!