Every year we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. That is appropriate, but in reality every day is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We need to remember each day that He is alive. Jesus is our contemporary. He is not confined to a grave. He is not the mythological figure of someone’s imagination. He is not a prisoner of the past. He is as much alive today as when he walked the dusty roads of Judea and Galilee.
If we only point to the cross, we have an incomplete Gospel. A Savior buried someplace cannot save us. I do not like to see the figure of Jesus upon the cross. The reason is that Jesus completed the work of salvation on the cross. He said, “It is finished.” He was offered once for all and will never have to die again. By that one sacrifice we are saved. No other will ever be needed.
Because Jesus lives, He can save us completely. He lives to make intercession for us. The Bible says that he is seated at the right hand of God. The Holy Spirit makes Christ real in our lives. He leads us to the living Christ. And through Christ we can go before a holy God. Therefore, we celebrate at Christmas which points to the coming of Jesus in human flesh. We celebrate the perfect life he lived. We celebrate his substitutionary death for our sins. And we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. Because He lives, we live. We live abundantly in the eternal life He has given us. We live in anticipation of the same Jesus returning to the earth. We rest confidently in the assurance of a future resurrection of our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body.
Whatever may come this year, we celebrate. It may be in a hospital bed or it may be at a cemetery. But the “hallelujahs” come from the lips of Christians. It is all because He died for our sins and rose from the grave. We celebrate His victory. And in His victory, we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”