”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” ~ 1 Peter 1:3
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, gave birth to us, but sin destroyed us; condemning us to death. Hence, The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ gave birth to us (Believers) again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Hallelujah!!!
There are two aspects to this resurrection:
The first is that Christ’s resurrection gives us hope (steadfast confidence) that we too will be raised from the dead one day to join our Saviour. Death, for the Believer, is not the “final bell”; death is not just an end. Death is also a beginning. When our physical bodies fail us through age, disease or trauma, our spiritual bodies remain intact; ready to continue life in a place where there is no aging (Heaven is timeless), disease (Heaven is sinless) or trauma (Heaven is tear-less).
But there is a second aspect that instructs us for the “here and now”, long before death comes. When Christ died He (though Himself sinless) was laden with the sin of mankind as the sacrificial Lamb of God. However, in His resurrection He was “sin free”. God, who was pleased with The Perfect Sacrifice, removed the burden that was man’s sin.
Jesus’ resurrection, therefore, gives us hope that we too can live our lives unburdened by sin/sinfulness/the sin-nature. We have a hope for the present, for our day-to-day walk, that sin does not have to rule over our lives: Jesus’ resurrection means we are free. As Paul put it:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…” ~ Philippians 3:10
Notice the use of the present tense. Paul wasn’t waiting till death to experience the power of Christ’s resurrection, and neither should we. God mercifully re-birthed us through Jesus’ resurrection so that we would have hope not just in the future but also in the present, especially in the present.
“…as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” ~ Romans 6:4b
Sin has no power over us!