Jesus as Savior…Now What?

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“Oh what a Savior
Isn’t he wonderful
Sing alleluia Christ is risen!
Bow down before him
For he is Lord of all
Sing alleluia Christ is risen!”[1]

Last weekend, every song we sang and every word we heard pointed us to new life. We sang the invitation, “Oh come to the altar, the Father’s arms are open wide. Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.” For the believer, this is a reminder of what we have been given in His sacrifice – forgiveness of sins and eternal peace. For the unbeliever, this is an invitation to give it all over to the Father, to call Him yours as well.

We spent the weekend celebrating, but where do we go from there? Where do I go from here? If I go back to my same old daily routines and leave behind the celebration, what was this weekend really about? How has Easter changed me?

Am I going to tell the story of Easter this week, next month, come July? Is this more than a day? What keeps me from sharing the great the story of the cross with those around me? That’s easy: for me it’s selfishness. It is easier to go through my daily life staying silent on this truth rather than have others see me as odd. I want to learn to carry forward the excitement of Easter and unselfishly share the Good News, making the most of every opportunity. Christ commands us to stop worrying about our own egos and sacrifice them for Him, as recorded in Luke, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it” (Luke 9:24).

Do I really believe that I have already lost my life? If I have already lost everything, then there is nothing else to lose. If we have given up our own selves, we have no fear of loss. For the believer, we have been given promises about our redemption, such as from Paul in Romans:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

We are secure in our freedom with belief in Jesus, therefore it would be a shame to keep that all for ourselves. The most unselfish thing we can do is share the excitement of the resurrection with those around us!

Easter has come, Jesus is Risen! What will you do with it?

-Erik Mitchell

[1] lyrics are from O Come To The Altar (Elevation Worship) #7051511 by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye 2015 © Be Essential Songs (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)

 

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