I’ve always loved history, but I used to treat it as an artifact, as something to know about but not interact with. After all, it’s hard to remember that George Washington, for example, was a real man with a real family and real emotions, thoughts, and actions. For many, history is interesting, but it’s not relevant.
Sometimes the resurrection of Jesus feels like that—an old story that’s not relevant today. Even for Christians who proclaim the truth of it, Jesus’ defiance of death doesn’t always feel powerful when life is hard or we’re struggling with doubt. Since we didn’t see Him walk out of the tomb, the resurrection can seem a little surreal.
And yet, Scripture tells us that Christ’s resurrection matters for today because He is still alive. He is still fighting for us. He is still loving. He is still a humble servant. And most of all, He is still perfect. Christ is our perfect King today.
All authority in heaven and on earth was given to Him, and He still possesses it. His life, death, and resurrection demonstrated the authority He continues to exercise as the Son of God who rules at the right hand of the Father. The baby born in Bethlehem holds creation in His gracious grip, and He always will.
Jesus Himself proclaimed that all authority was His (Matthew 28:18-20). He wasn’t lying—the proof was in the pudding. His miracles were signposts on His way to the cross, and His resurrection was the final destination (Ephesians 1:20-21). When His heart jump-started and He walked out of the tomb, there was no denying the reality that Jesus was and is King of creation.
Jesus Christ is more than a good teacher we read about in an old history book. Our Bible might get dusty from not being read, but the King who wrote it—and Who it speaks about—is alive and well. He lives inside of those whose faith is in Him, and He lives to intercede for us (Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 7:25). When we fail, He picks us up. And when we sin, the Father looks at our sin and remembers the sacrifice of His Son.
Our King lives and will forever live. And one day, by God’s grace, we’ll live in His perfect kingdom for eternity (Revelation 21-22). Christ was born for this.
Written By Brandon D. Smith