Easter: the secret to everything is Jesus

Easter takes us back to the secret of our future. It’s Jesus Christ, because it’s through him and him alone that God adopts us as his children, Ephesians 1:5 – “In love God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.”

But how does God adopt us through Jesus Christ? Romans 6:5 – “If we have been united with Jesus in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” God adopts us by uniting us with Jesus, in both his death and his resurrection. And what does that unity accomplish for us? Verse 11 – “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” And what does “alive to God” mean? It means God now lives his life in us, Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

The life we now live as Christians belongs totally to the living, resurrected Christ, so that he can now live his life – God’s life – in us. That’s why “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:6. God raised us up with Christ so that we’re part of his family now, able to live as he lives, just like a couple who bring their adopted baby home for the first time and that child now truly becomes part of their family, living from now on as that family lives.

And when God raised us with Christ, that’s what happened to us, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:3. We are now part of the God family. The life that God lives is the life we now live, or as Paul puts it in verse 4, “Christ, who is your life.” He is our life now. The life he lives is the life we live, because he’s now living his life in us, just like an adopted baby lives the life of the family he’s in, and that family lives its life in him.

And what’s that life like for us? Ephesians 1:3 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” As the Father’s adopted children, he can now bless us with everything he’s got. That’s our future, forever. And the secret by which God made that future for us possible? It’s the secret pictured by Easter: it’s Jesus Christ.

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