Paul wrote, "That I may know him and the power of his resurrection" (Philippians 3:10). Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).
Unless the resurrection is personal it will not make a difference in your life. If it is not personal, it can not be powerful. As it has been so wisely stated, "We must not only believe in the resurrection, we must experience the resurrection as well."
Here are three ways in which you can personalize the resurrection:
You can experience the potential for eternity now. Not someday but now, present tense. Not only in the "sweet by and by" but in the "nasty now and now." You can have eternal life now when you make the resurrection personal. Jesus proclaimed with great affirmation, "I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
You can experience the power of regeneration now. Salvation is not just a passport to heaven; it has the power to change us now. Christ not only gives us an example to follow, but the power to follow his example. Paul proclaimed, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation ..." (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You can experience the presence of Jesus now. In his presence there is fullness of joy. Paul reminds the Romans, "... for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but ... joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17).
Much of our world is racing toward the impersonal. We communicate through many new technologies that make communication and access to information quick and easy. E-mail, fax, cellular phones and the Web are linking the human community like nothing the world has ever experienced.
Yet, in the center of all of these advances, the majority of human beings still hunger, for the personal touch of living flesh and blood. With this dynamic in mind, the personal experience of a living Savior on Easter Sunday is as meaningful today as it was when Christ first appeared to the disciples 2000 years ago.
By personalizing the resurrection you can join the multitudes of those who have been liberated, healed, transformed and empowered by Christ.
This Easter Sunday let us all personalize the resurrection by accepting and experiencing the resurrection power of Christ in our hearts and lives afresh. (Dave Ross is pastor of Craig Assembly of God.)