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Resurrection Power

If you asked my mom what I was like as a child, the one thing she would tell you is that I questioned EVERYTHING. I even questioned why I needed to hold her hand when crossing the street because I wanted to “do by self.” After she explained that it was important for me to hold her hand because cars couldn’t see me and I could get hit, I didn’t let go.

As a child, I needed the why behind things. If it wasn’t explained I struggled with cooperating. But the moment I understood the reason for something, I was compliant and pretty easy going.  Twenty-five years later, not much has changed. I am still a “why” seeker and Easter is no exception to this.

I know that Jesus dying on a cross and being raised from the dead actually happened almost 2,000 years ago.

But why?

Why does it matter?

1 Peter 1:3-4 says, “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!” (MSG)

Jesus being raised from the dead means that I have the opportunity to have new life if I receive it. It means that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead can set me free and live inside of me, transforming me into a new person. It can empower me to carry out Jesus’ mission of telling other people about Him (Matthew 28:18-20). This new life means that I get to be with Jesus in heaven forever because it is eternal.

Jesus’ resurrection does matter because it changes EVERYTHING. And it can change everything for you too!

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Project Manager. She's working her way towards an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching at Liberty University, and she can polish off a pint of ice cream in one hour.