Imagine the power it would take to resurrect a man. God excercised”…the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:19-20 ESV
Think about it: Resurrection is not resuscitation but a new domain of human experience. Resurrection is not like an ER team shocking your dead body back to life after being technically dead for a period of minutes. Resurrection is not even like Lazarus or the widow’s son who were, though dead for long periods, brought back to life. These are examples of what might be called resuscitation from dead. Resurrection is an entirely different thing altogether.
When God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, Jesus wasn’t resuscitated but given a new dimension of experience such that Christ-Jesus-the-man could never die, could be seated at the right hand of God the Father, and could share this new dimension’s power with us in the spiritual realm. Lazarus, oh how unfortunate he was, had to die two times! His return from the grave was but an illustration of what God was going to do permanently in the initiation of the resurrection of humanity in Jesus Christ. Resurrection is permanent and powerful. The power it takes to not simply raise the dead but to resurrect the dead is beyond magical forces or atomic fusion.
We are told that this new reality is our hope (Eph.1:18). If you cannot die because you are resurrected, imagine the access to unlimited power you hold in your soul, and what good you can accomplish because you are no longer limited by the power of death or the chaotic domain of earthly life.
It is time to be reminded of the power of our resurrection in Christ and how that power is now permanently applied to us. It is time to begin to live out the fullness of him whom we are united to in his resurrection (Eph. 1:23).
If you have this much power, and thus inestimable hope, your life ought to be something… really something…