The resurrection of Christ deals with an ever lasting hope that is sure. When we look at the place where he died and where he rose from we could only display gratefulness. No rite, no sacrifice can ever show enough gratitude for his sacrifice at the cross. One might find some that will spend time doing rituals like this guy who came before God wanting to be justified because he fasted, tithed and pray three times a day, but was not (Lk18:11-13). Resurrection is about others, Christ rose from the dead for us all, he could have just went straight to heaven (Ro5:8, Ro8:34).  Both, good and bad Christ died and rose for, whether one acknowledge it or not the testimony is clear (2Co5:14-15).

Isaiah 58:6-8

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness,
to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.

The things we do reflect Christ’s resurrection status on our lives and not our religious practices or observations. The religious Jews thought that their rites were pleasing God, but they were not; God was not answering their prayers. Paul’s conversion was an example of this, while he was out to destroy the Christians, Christ’s light shone about him and caused the change in him (Acts9:5-6). Our light breaks out every time we do something for someone else in the name of Christ; it is the resurrection status in us. Matthew tells us that it is important that we allow the light in us to shine so that others can see God (5:16). The importance of allowing the light not just to shine but to break out from us, is because when we do, healing and prosperity takes place. Answer prayers become a way of life when our light breaks through. It is the beacon of hope within us to others whose life is worse then ours (Is9:2) the light that breaks out from us.


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