I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
As Easter approaches tomorrow, Christians around the globe will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a monumental time to rejoice, but I always find something even more fascinating than simply celebrating through the good times. Because in order for Jesus to be raised from the dead, he would have to be dead to begin with. In other words, in order to experience the Spirit’s power in raising him up, he had to suffer first. And therefore, as imitators of Christ, as little Jesuses, and as Christians, it means we, too, must experience the suffering and crucifixion that Christ experienced in order to be raised up. We must die to truly live.
It’s paradoxical, yes, but then again most of life’s dynamic features are full of mystery. Does dying with Christ and sharing in his suffering pay for our sins and earn our right-standing with the Father? Of course not. But joining with Christ, and doing it for his sake will allow us to experience the mighty power that rose him from the grave! I don’t know about you, but I want that. I need that.
Therefore . . .
“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” (Philippians 3:10-11)