"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!" [Luke 24:5-6]
Easter Week. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the pivotal moment of history. We ponder how He gave up His life, taking the penalty for our sin, rising again from death so that we could be made right with God and spend eternity in His presence.
While it is proper and fitting that we remember what Jesus did, this week is also a time to ask and answer this question: how am I living in light of what Jesus did?
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told us to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." I should then consider whether or not I am making disciples and teaching the commands of Jesus.
In Luke 6:46, Jesus asked us "why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" I must examine my habits to see if I am both pursuing an understanding of Jesus' instructions as well as putting them into habitual practice.
In Luke 14:33, Jesus implores of us that "any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." I should candidly consider whether my life has been fully surrendered to Christ, or if my daily and weekly choices are still captured by the entanglements of this world.
During this week, let us meditate upon these (as well as other) commands of Jesus and our obedience to them. Let us be a people who understand what it means to truly live in light of the resurrection.
He is risen, indeed!