Resurrection Sunday is coming! Do you feel the hope it brings, or are you struggling to believe there is hope for you? Think of resurrection as crossing over from old to new. Transition. God is the master of change. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross and rise again, so that we could rise out of darkness and cross over into a new day—the day we accept Jesus, and in our everyday lives for the rest of our lives.
What transitions are you coming through? When you think of them, remember Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Remember that because He crossed over, you can too. A new day can be yours.
The road to resurrection can be daunting. It challenges us to see beyond our doubts and fears and move into God’s promise and purpose. Jesus was challenged before He went to the Cross—His path to resurrection. He went to Gethsemane “deeply distressed” while Judas set his plan to betray Him in motion (see Matthew 26:36–37 and John 13:21–30). Jesus prayed so earnestly that His sweat “became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44).
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, know that Jesus sympathizes with your weaknesses. He was tempted like you and me, but without sin (see Hebrews 4:15). When He got up from agonizing prayer, He walked all the way down that road; He was tried, tortured, and crucified, knowing that He would cross over and rise again in power (see John 2:18–22).
No matter what you’re facing, you can know that you’ll come all the way through. How do I know this? When you gave your life to Jesus, you were born again. Everything became new (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Do you remember the day when Jesus set you free? When your thoughts and desires changed? When you suddenly couldn’t wait to read the Bible or go to Bible study? When I got saved, I was a smoker. But after giving my life to the Lord, the desire for cigarettes left me. I was amazed; I knew I hadn’t been able to stop smoking in my own power. Jesus is real.
The Same: Yesterday, Today, & Forever
Let’s go deeper. Millions of people around the world celebrate Resurrection Sunday / Easter, but I see it as the perfect marriage of old and new. The completion of Old Covenant shadows by the coming of New Covenant promises in Jesus Christ. Truly, this blessed season is about crossing over.
It is the time to remember that Jesus, our Passover Lamb (see 1 Corinthians 5:7), has delivered all who believe in Him out of the hands of our enemy, the devil. Jesus is the fulfillment of the “lamb without spot and blemish” chosen by each household in Exodus 12:1–28. When the Israelites applied the blood of that pure, innocent lamb to their lintel and doorposts, God caused the death angel to “pass over” their households during the final plague in Egypt when every firstborn died (see Exodus 12:12–13).
Just as surely as God used Moses to deliver the Israelites out of Pharaoh’s cruel reign, Jesus leads you and me out of the tyrannical rule of our enemy. You see, both then and now, the blood of the “sacrificial lamb” sets us free from bondage. We cross over and come into a new beginning, the first day of the rest of our lives (see Exodus 12:1–8).
Matthew 26 tells us how Jesus shared a Passover meal (called a Seder) with the disciples, and on the same night was betrayed and arrested. When the sun came up, it was still Passover. How so? The Hebrew day begins at evening according to Genesis 1:1–5. So, Passover began that night and ended the next evening. Jesus died on the cross on Passover at the “ninth hour” (see Matthew 27:46–50), which was at 3:00 p.m. on the modern, twelve-hour clock. History proves He is our Passover Lamb.
The Bible also tells us that when Jesus breathed His last breath, “the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Matthew 27:51) Jesus, our High Priest, completed and fulfilled the Old Covenant priesthood. Because He shed His blood once for all, the blood of lambs, goats, and other sacrifices was no longer necessary (see Hebrews 9:11–15).
Jesus Has Set You Free!
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, remember that through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He not only birthed the New Covenant—He shed His blood so that you could be forgiven, healed, delivered, and restored to a right relationship with the Father. There is POWER in the blood of Jesus! It doesn’t matter if the road to your victory looks a little dark and you can’t see everything ahead. Because of Jesus, the enemy of your soul can no longer control you.
Hebrews 2:14–15 says, “Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—and also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.”
If you’re going through a difficult transition, remember Jesus! As a child of God—the master of change—you can cross over into resurrection: a new day of grace, hope, and power. I encourage you, starting today, to think about everything God has done for you. Record it in your journal and thank Him for all His benefits (see Psalm 103:1–5). Instead of looking down, look up! See the One who was foreshadowed in the Old Covenant; Whose death, burial, and resurrection birthed the New Covenant; and Whose love and power have set you free. You’ll see your transitions in a new light.
Yes, Resurrection Sunday is upon us, and Jesus is here for you right now. I pray to the Father in His wonderful Name that you would see and experience the Lord in a new way. May He shine the light of resurrection in your heart and give you hope for better tomorrows. I thank Him for causing you to rise, by the power of His blood, and cross over into all He has for you. Amen.
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)