Reflect the Good News of Easter

The cross on University Hill hiding behind rose bushes and the stream

It has been a long three days.

Friday we mourned. We sat under the weight that Christ was persecuted, pierced, and punished to the point of death for our sins.

Saturday we waited. We lingered and allowed ourselves to be burdened as we remembered the uncertainty that the disciples surely felt as they too waited to understand what had taken place and what was to come.

But today is Sunday, and Sunday we celebrate. We rejoice and proclaim that He is risen, He is alive, and death is defeated! Our King was and is and will forever be victorious.

And while today the celebration of this life-altering, death-conquering, eternity-determining truth is evident in beautiful Easter flowers, feasts, and fellowship, the question arises, "How do I fully live in the light of Easter?"

Paul's letter to the Romans points us to the answer. "Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:8-10 ESV.

How, then, do we live?

  1. Like Friday, we must continuously mourn the weight of our sin that brought Jesus to Calvary. Sin is never small or simple, and the wages of sin is always death. By our own accord, we were destined for eternal separation from God.
  2. Like Saturday, let us remember often, with somber reflection, the perfect life and sacrifice of our Savior. His life was blameless, not meriting the death He accepted, yet He approached the Cross willingly.
  3. And like Sunday, we celebrate daily the truth that the grave is beaten, He is risen, indeed, and "death no longer has dominion over Him!"

May our lives, today and every day, reflect the Good News of Easter, that because of Christ's resurrection we, too, have new life!

Written by Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a freelance content writer for University Communications at Dallas Baptist University.