But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15: 20-22

Today, we take the fact of Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection as something that is based upon the testimony of witnesses who were there and saw Him alive that has been passed on from one generation to the next over a long period of time. We also know of the truth of these events because of the reality of their consequences. When we come to that place in life where we turn away from a self-driven existence and yield our mind, heart, and soul to Christ, something profound and extraordinary occurs within us. This something is transformative, and it takes us into the center of the eternal work that Christ accomplished upon that cross. This was God’s determined response to our sinful rebellion against Him, and it was made full and complete when the Father raised the Son back into life after three days had passed.

Jesus, the Christ, in the perfection of God’s will went before us. Later, after Christ has returned to this world and set all that has been corrupted and broken by sin right and made it whole, all of us who have entered into a relationship with God through Christ will, too, be given the renewed bodies that God has promised to us. Until then, our souls do continue to exist in heaven as we dwell with God and with Christ in that place that is just beyond the tangible and seen created universe. So why should this matter? What difference does Christ’s resurrection make for my days upon earth? It is important if we care at all about being truly alive and about the eternal impact of the life that we do live out during those days that have been allotted to us. In Christ, we do continue on beyond the time that we obtain in our original term of existence. In fact, existence is not accurately measured by the passing of days, months, and years on an earthly calendar; instead, it is counted by the inscrutable passage of heavenly time.

Yet, we do live in these original bodies for a time that is played out in the fulfillment of the promise and the potential that has been given to us as a divine gift. What we do in this life should reflect the orientation of our heart and be accomplished in response to the one who we have granted lordship over our days. In this life, we all serve a master. No one is fully autonomous and self-determinate in all ways and in all matters. There is one such master that has conquered the ultimate limitation that is imposed upon all people, that is death itself. This is Christ Jesus, and He is calling to each and every person that draws breath upon the earth to come to Him, to enter into relationship with Him, and to receive the promised redemption that comes as God’s gift to all who believe. Thus, in Christ, we are made truly and fully alive in this life, and we are also granted the promise of life that goes on without interruption from the moment of last earthly breath throughout all time to come.