Yesterday pews, bleachers, chairs, and seats were full of people who would sit through a retelling of part of the greatest story ever told. Of all the heroes and villains in human history, the story of the death-defying man named Jesus is bar none. There is an astounding power in this message. There is hope for a sinner like you and me. There is joy for those who weep. There is healing for those who are broken. This is the glorious news of the resurrection – Satan was defeated, and Jesus was triumphant! The greatest part of this story is that it is true, all of it.
However, today is Monday, so what does it matter? For some who occupied the seats of their local church service, very little. For them yesterday was simply another day to appease a wife, mother, husband, or grandparent. For some it was their moral requirement to go to church, if not God would have been mad at them (which is a lie). For some, they went because it was Easter, and it is what you do. Yet for others, those who put their faith in the one who was the star of the story, yesterday was totally different. Yesterday was a reminder for today, tomorrow, and every day.
It’s Monday, and the resurrection is as real, powerful, special, and useful today as it was yesterday. It could be said that we are a people of the resurrection, but often we are simply people who remember the resurrection once a year. However, the Apostle Paul paints a very different picture of the importance and applicability of the resurrection.
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. - Romans 8:10-11 ESV
This means that the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead on Sunday is the one who dwells in you on Monday. He is the same Spirit who dwells in us, empowers us, leads us, and guides us into all truth. Today, you and I (if we have placed our deepest hope in Jesus) are able to live in the very same power that rose Jesus from the dead.
Whatever sin, struggle, frustration, or annoyance may be pressing in on you today, remember the power you heard proclaimed yesterday, the one that rose Jesus from the dead, did not end its work in Jesus, but is now dwelling within your life. Live in the power of the resurrection.