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Today's Every Day With Jesus devotional

It’s a whole new life…

April 18, 2014

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” –John 14:18-20

This weekend is all about new life. A lot of times we tend to focus on the death of Jesus. We do reenactments where Jesus is crucified. We watch films that accentuate the brutal beating Jesus took on our behalf. For example, The Passion of the Christ film depicts His resurrection in the last few minutes of the movie. Jesus’ death and burial were completions of what He said He would do for mankind. The real miracle happened on that third day.

That day we all call Easter or Resurrection Sunday. The entire gospel wrapped up in a moment for us to look back on and also give us something to look toward. Jesus’s death was in fact horrific and amazing that He would take our place in the punishment. His burial was ceremonious yet sad. But His resurrection is the glorification of Himself. Notice that His death and burial are in the past, past tense, over. His resurrection IS. He IS victorious. He IS risen. He IS conqueror over death. He IS alive.

As a follower of Christ, I worship the living God who lives in me. The present perfect tense in English is a tense that describes an action that happened and is still going on. Christians live their lives in this tense. We look back to the resurrection of Christ and live life new because Christ has made us new.

Personal Application

If you are a Christian, Christ has taken away the old and made you new. Does your life reflect that change? Do you need to do some heart searching to see if you are holding on to any of the old?

Home Application

Spring-cleaning is big at my house. We get rid of old stuff to make the house look clean and fresh. Take your family and examine your hearts by chatting about what each other needs to be getting rid of in your life. This will create great accountability with your family as you work to follow Christ together.

Are you living lives with the excitement of new life in Christ?

Today’s devo written by Travis Hogg

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