Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
Resurrection is a celebration of faith, hope and love. It is the affirmation of God’s promise of putting to death once for all sin and rising up to life of sonship through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the fulfillment of God’s promise, “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:31
We now affirm in faith God’s promise that all of us will walk in newness of life. Since we are united in the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, our old self was crucified with him, and we are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 6:8-9, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.” Living a resurrection life entails leaving the old ways of sinning to newness of life in grace. Let us consider ourselves “dead to sin, and alive in Christ.”
We become a people of hope because those whose names are found written in the book will be delivered; the dead will rise and some will reap everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. As people of the resurrection, we work our salvation by sharing in the sufferings of Christ; then rejoicing at the revelation of his glory. We should serve God willingly and live humbly, for God to exalt us at the appointed time.
In living a resurrection life, let us be obedient to the law of love, that we may sincerely love our brethren in word and in deed. The Resurrected Christ has made us become partakers of the divine nature, having rid of corruption. “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 2Peter 1:5-7
Let us then conduct ourselves in righteousness, looking forward to the new heavens and a new earth. Let us live in peace with one another, blameless, and spotless until the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are exhorted not to get attached to the things in this world for they will pass away. If we love the world, the love of the Father will not be in us. We are promised eternity when we do the will of the Father. When Christ finds us blameless when he comes again, we are confident of the reward he is bringing us—eternal life.