What does the resurrection mean right here, right now?

Paul Tripp suggests 5 things we need to remember about the resurrection as we assess our lives right here, right now.DSC_0034_3

No.1 The resurrection of Jesus guarantees your resurrection too. Life is not a constantly repeating cycle of the same old same old. No, under God’s rule this world is marching toward a conclusion. Your life is being carried to a glorious end. There will be a moment when God will raise you out of this broken world and sin and suffering will be no more.

No.2 The resurrection tells you what Jesus is now doing. Jesus now reigns. I Corinthians 15 says that he will continue to reign until the final enemy is under his feet. You see, your world is not out of control, but under the careful control of One who is still doing his sin-defeating work.

No.3 The resurrection promises you all the grace you need between Jesus’s resurrection and yours. If your end has already been guaranteed, then all the grace you need along the way have been guaranteed as well, or you would never make it to your appointed end. Future grace always carries with it the promise of present grace.

No.4 The resurrection of Jesus motivates you to do what is right, no matter what you are facing. The resurrection tells you that God will win. His truth will reign. His plan will be accomplished. Sin will be defeated. Righteousness will overcome evil. This means that everything you do in God’s name is worth it, no matter what the cost.

No.5 The resurrection tells you that you always have reason to give thanks. Quite apart from anything you have earned, you have been welcomed into the most exciting story ever and have been granted a future of joy and peace forever.

Taken from Paul Tripp’s book ‘New Morning Mercies’, available from Amazon.

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