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He Is Risen Indeed. Now What?

Christ “risen indeed” is easier to celebrate than practically apply to our lives. He’s out of the grave! Now what? What does gospel transformation practically mean to you?

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This weekend there is a heightened awareness of the gospel: the person and work of Jesus Christ. Christians around the world are celebrating what is considered by many to be the centerpiece of His work on earth.

The good news is His death and resurrection, plus so much more. Though the cross and the tomb are mind boggling, the good news did not begin, and it will not end there. The gospel is eternal.

The good news is the best news ever heard because it has no beginning or ending. The gospel will never cease to be, which is one of the reasons the gospel is so profound.

In the wisdom of the Father, He chose to execute (Isaiah 53:10) the Good News and then bring Him out of the grave three days later–a profound undertaking from our Creator.

Though I have learned a few things as far as how to practicalize Him to my life, I have yet been able to touch the hem of the gospel’s garment when I think about all that He is.

Multi-Faceted Diamond

PO Gospel like a diamond

The gospel is like a multifaceted diamond. Each turn of the rock reveals a previously hidden facet that unfolds new mysteries designed to stun the Christian while transforming both the internal and external life. Let me give you a quick peek at one of those stunning facets.

When Paul talked about the “cross aspect” of the gospel, he said the weakness and foolishness of God are stronger and wiser than people (1 Corinthians 1:18–25). That is an incredible statement.

People at their greatest, strongest, wisest and smartest stop long before the weakness and foolishness of God begins. If the weakness and foolishness of God were the lowest starting points for His wisdom and power, then our strength and wisdom are not in the same orbit of where His begins. It’s like the smarts and strengths of a grasshopper compared to us.

Do you not know? Do you not hear?
 Has it not been told you from the beginning?
 Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
 and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
 who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
 and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
 who brings princes to nothing,
 and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Isaiah 40:21–23 (ESV)

Reflective Thought

If God in His weaknesses and foolishness is stronger than the absolute peak of human strength and wisdom, try to imagine how profound the power of the gospel is over your weakness and understanding.

  1. How is the power of gospel actively working in you today?
  2. In what specific ways are you profoundly affected by the death and resurrection of Christ?
  3. Are there areas where your strength (self-reliance) competes with God’s strength (2 Corinthians 1:8–9, 4:7)?
  4. Are there areas where your wisdom competes with God’s wisdom?
  5. How difficult is it to submit to the Lord in a particular area of your life?

Originally published at Rick Thomas.