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Most Christians believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, 3 days after his death on the cross at Calvary.
However, for many Christians, Jesus' resurrection is merely a historical fact, much like the fact that Jan van Riebeck arrived in the Cape of Southern Africa in 1652 or the fact that Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990.
The problem with merely thinking of the resurrection as an historical fact is that it has no significance in our lives today.
However, just like the arrival of van Riebeck and the release of Mandela had long-lasting implications for the Nation of South Africa, so the resurrection of Christ also has long-lasting implications in the lives of believers today.
What difference does the Resurrection make in your life?
I believe that still today, Christ is bringing little resurrections to our lives. A little resurrection is a moment where God brings life to dead situation.
Unfortunately, we often tend to focus on the negative. We think on death, rather than life. We focus on pain and suffering, rather than healing. We speak hurtful words, rather than helpful, life-giving words.
Let's be honest, there is enough negativity in the world to keep us busy for a while. You might be thinking: How are we meant to find little resurrections in a world that is so messed up?
I believe that as Christ-followers, we are called to seek peace, joy, love and hope in the midst of all the pain, suffering and sorrow that we encounter.
Whether it is a drug addict giving up his addiction for a better life or a child deciding to take their education seriously in hope of a better future - there are hundreds of little resurrections happening around us constantly.
If we want Jesus' resurrection to be powerful and relevant in our lives today, we must learn to acknowledge any and all little resurrections in the world around us. We need to intentionally seek out the moments where God is bringing death to life around us and praise God for them.
"God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world He could show how truly good and kind He is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done."
- Ephesians 2:6-7