Easter Sunday

VIII

Freedom Reigns

He is risen!

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24: 2-7 ESV)

HE IS RISEN! Easter is here and our Savior has conquered the grave. Jesus got out of the tomb.

This simple fact has huge effects on our lives today. That is why we say the words over and over—“He is risen!”

This day is meant for celebrating Jesus, the one who conquered the grave, and not just today, but every day. Jesus’s triumph over sin and death has daily implications. Without it, our entire faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 24:17).

Jesus’s rising to everlasting life secured our freedom from sin. Our old selves died with Him and our new selves cannot be constrained by sin or death. We can conquer sin in our lives now and we will live with Him forever.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:5-7 ESV)

So today, as we remember our Savior’s triumph over sin and death, let us celebrate this truth:

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:34-36 ESV)

In Christ, freedom reigns.

We have been set free from the power of Satan, from the bondages of sin and death, and from the guilt and shame of our sin. More than that, we have been set free to do what we were created for—to belong to Christ and to worship Him for all eternity! We are free in Christ!

For us believers, death has lost its sting. The pains and bonds our sins carried with them are over. Freedom reigns in and through Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us be a people that never stop living out our freedom—celebrating Jesus, our Brother, Savior, Friend, Redeemer, Counselor, and Lord.

  • Read Romans 8. What does freedom in Christ mean for you today? Think of any weight or sin that’s been nagging you or robbing you of your joy. What will it look like to set that aside and live for Christ?