The heavens declare Thy glory, Lord,
In every star Thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold Thy Word,
We read Thy name in fairer lines.
The beauty of the whole earth testifies of its Creator. This week we watched a documentary on dolphins, and the colorful, unique designs found in the depths of the ocean sparked an overwhelming gratitude in my heart for a God who went to such great lengths to show His handiwork to His creation. From the stars in the heavens to the tiniest creatures crawling about our feet, everything around us speaks of the God who formed us. Yet, He did not leave us to our own imaginings to figure out who He was, and how we should then live. He chose to write His creation a letter of love with the pens of men moved by the breath of His spirit upon their hearts. Sixty-six books, penned by 40 men, miraculously preserved, and cohesively arranged with one theme weaved throughout every book: Messiah, Jesus. Before His virgin birth and His first breath on this earth, His life and death was foretold down to the minutest of details. God had a plan from the beginning, and no scheme of hell could stop it from playing out in the pages of history. Approximately two thousand years later, we still celebrate the victory Jesus had over the death, sin, and the grave, as He broke through the boundaries that man could never have crossed on his own.
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57
Jesus’ death on the cross cancelled our sin debt, and His resurrection created a new life in us, when we accepted the gift that He offered.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13
By hearing His Word and choosing to believe on Him, faith results, and our new life in Christ begins. The same Word that creates our life of faith then teaches us to walk in faith. In order to walk in the life of faith, we must know the changes that His Resurrection Life causes in us. It is no small thing to be made into an entirely brand-new creature.
Know—to perceive with clarity, to understand clearly; to have clear and certain perception; not be doubtful; to be informed http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/know
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32
It is the learning of something that then gives us the ability to make an informed choice of how we will live. What truth do we need to know about our new life in Christ?
I 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. Galatians 2:20
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans 6:3-6
If our old life serving our Master, “Sin,” has now been buried in the tomb with Jesus, we are no longer obligated to do what he tells us to do. Sin is no longer our master, and our life is made new under our new Master, life in Jesus. We may still remember life under our old master, Sin, and remember the things we used to do to serve him, but now we know that we are free from the chains that held us in bondage to his demands. Knowing who we are now empowers us to live and walk in the freedom of the new life in Christ. What grace and life and peace we find in our new life with Jesus! Here are a few of the truths I found in my study. I’ve attached a printable download at the bottom of this post if you would like to print it out for reference. It gives Easter Sunday a whole new meaning, as we find out for ourselves what His resurrection means for us!