Resurrection can be likened to repentance in the bible because both point to an awakening to a new life and a new beginning. Repentance requires that we submit to the Father before He can lift us up out of our ‘graves’ of sin and give us a new start. This is similar to Christ’s resurrection because he had to submit to the Father and descend into a grave of death on our behalf before God raised him from the dead and lifted him up to his new position of authority.
Resurrection is victory over the death that this world constantly exposes us to. The world is full of sin and the bible says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. Death in this context will refer to the consequences we will reap as a result of sowing sin into our lives. Repentance and resurrection lift us up out of those graves and gives us a fresh start with God.
Matthew 28:6 says – He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where He lay. This scripture refers to the story of the two Marys’ visit to Jesus’ tomb, where the Angel of the Lord informed them that Christ had resurrected and was no longer in the grave. They were essentially seeking the living (Jesus) in the place of death (the grave). Likewise, once we have submitted our lives and struggles to God, He will raise us from our place of death, which is where we are struggling with sin.
Our personal graves of sin or place of death could be a struggle with sexual sin, alcoholism, depression, addiction, gossiping, adultery, witchcraft, idolatry, anger, slander, etc. When your submission or repentance is genuine and connects with God’s heart then like Jesus, He will raise you from your grave and when people come looking for you in those places of death they will no longer find you there. They will be informed that your life has changed because of the fresh start that God has given you and hence you have risen and have been promoted to a better place by God. Like the angel, people will proclaim on your behalf: He is not here! She is not here! He or she has risen, just as Christ promised. Come and see the place where he or she lay!
Repentance and resurrection are all about an empty tomb. When you submit to God and allow His Holy Spirit to work in you then by the time He’s done, all that will be left of your depression, grief, unforgiveness, anger, wickedness, jealousy, idolatry and sorrow will be an empty tomb and the grave clothes you left behind.
John 20:6-8 says Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. The fact that Jesus’ grave clothes were neatly folded holds a lot of significance when it comes to our own resurrection from the tombstone of death. It signifies that when we break free of the sins that are threatening to lead us to our death, we do so with the confidence and authority that only God’s power can confer. Jesus did not hurriedly run out of the grave in fear, rather he took his time to fold the grave clothes to signify to us that we need not fear our bondage to sin because God’s power is sufficient to set us free and besides, Jesus had just finished defeating death and taking away its keys. Sin can no longer hold us captive because Jesus has bequeathed to us the power to break free. Fold up your grave clothes and the remnants of your past in the tomb and leave free. Galatians 2:20 says – 20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I don’t know what type of tomb you’re struggling to break free from in your personal lives but I do know that tombs are a cold, lonely and dark place. The only way out is to repent and submit to God so that His power can resurrect you from your place of death and people will say of you: “He / She is no longer here; He / She is risen”.
Happy Easter to you all. God bless and keep you. May your ‘tombs’ remain empty by His grace. You are not there…you are risen!
- Defending Christ’s Resurrection (siriusknotts.wordpress.com)
- Daily Devotional | The Resurrection Of The Believer (thelivingwordministries.wordpress.com)
- The Two Resurrections Of Believers (ptl2010.com)
- Worship Reflections for Easter Sunday (trinitytuscaloosa.wordpress.com)