I Am: The Resurrection and the Life • Devotion #1: Abundant

Happy Easter! I like the greeting, “He has risen!” The response warms my heart, “He has risen indeed!” This is the most important day of the year. It is the day of ultimate proof that Jesus is God. He gave many other proofs, but this is the granddaddy of them all. He knocked out death. He is alive.

John 11:25 says, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.’” Jesus called it. He said, “I am the resurrection; I am life.” He called it and then He did it.

By being the resurrection and the life, Jesus has the power over death. He has two offers for us.

First, He offers us eternal life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Everyone will either perish or experience eternal life. Jesus is the difference. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In case you missed it, eternal life is a “free gift” by God’s grace through faith in Him.

Second, He offers us abundant life, life to the full. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” God offers us life to the full. It is a life with purpose, value, and meaning. He speaks into our lives and uses us to speak into other lives. He allows us to see Him active in the world and we are able to be a part of it. Because of Him, we can make a difference in the world.

Jesus is alive. This fact should affect how we think, talk, and act. It should permeate every aspect of our lives. We should overflow with grace, mercy, love, and encouragement. Remember, you do not have to do it alone. He is with us and He will never leave or forsake us. This should bring peace, confidence, and courage.

Thank you, Jesus, my Savior.

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