Be Resurrected from Dead Works!
by Lalenunat Johnson
This past Sunday, we celebrated the resurrection of Christ, the day that Jesus rose from the grave after having been dead for 3 days. We celebrate this because it is through His death and resurrection that we have access to eternal life. We are excited that He is risen!
But before Jesus could rise from the dead, He had to lay down His life. He had to die! To die means to pass away, expire, loose life, or perish. When Jesus died for us, He took the punishment of hell, death, and the grave that as long as we accept Him, and this free gift of life, we will have eternal life.
“I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.”
John 10:9-11 (AMPC)
I thank you, Lord Jesus, that you died to give us life! Oh, but that’s not all. Likewise, the blood that Jesus shed purifies us from dead works – activities that are not fruitful so that we may serve the Lord our God.
“How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?”
Hebrews 9:14 (AMPC)
What do you need to die from? What things in you and in your life, need to die? What dead works and lifeless observations do you need to have purified by the blood of Jesus? Will you die to your past? Die to the old man – to your old ways. Die to stagnation. Die to mediocrity and be revived from dead works. Be transformed under the blood of Jesus.
“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 (AMPC)
Now, to resurrect means to raise from the dead, restore to life, or revive. It is to bring back into existence, something that has ended. Have you allowed life’s experiences to kill your zeal, your purpose, your gifting, your desires, your life, and your service unto the Lord?
Will you allow your gifts, calling, and God’s purpose and plan for your life to be resurrected?
Arise and shine for you light has come.
“Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!”
Isaiah 60:1 (AMPC)
Yes, we honor, celebrate, and appreciate what Jesus did for us, to give us life eternal. But with what He did, He did not intend for us to be dead. But He came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly.
“… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
John 10:10 (AMPC)
Get up Zion! Arise and shine for your light has come!
Think about it for a moment. Identify those dead works in you and release them unto the Lord. Will you put them under the blood of Jesus and make a commitment to serve the living God?
What in you, that has died, needs to be resurrected? What in your life needs to be resurrected?
Share with us something that the Holy Spirit said you need to let go of, and to start anew, as you read this. We’ll pray for you!
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