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Good Friday has come and gone. Easter has come and gone.
Well, that depends on your view of Easter. If you view Easter as a Christian metaphor about newness of life and hope for tomorrow, then you can pretty much go on as you were, trying to be a good person (or not) with your vague hopes for tomorrow.
[Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection, by Alexander Ivanov. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.]
But if you believe that Jesus was literally, physically, permanently raised from death
like Dawn and me then the resurrection can and should have huge life-changing implications for your tomorrow. And by life-changing, I mean both how God changes your life, and how you seek to change.
Here’s eight “Now what?” implications every new believer in Jesus’ resurrection should think about. This isn’t a to-do list, it’s a to-think-study-pray-about-what-it-all-means list. This will take a lifetime, so I recommend you get a Bible, find a church, and get started.
Am I really a Christian?
Do you ever ask yourself that?
It’s a healthy question to ask once in a while, don’t you think? After all, we don’t want to take something like eternal life for granted.
Think of the Pharisees, who thought God put them on “auto-save” by virtue of being Abraham’s descendants. But John the Baptist warned them, “God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.” (Matthew 3:9 ESV) So, I think occasional self-examination is good for the soul, for instance when we receive Communion.
Okay – so, let’s examine ourselves. We look in a spiritual mirror, so to speak, and we’re looking… and… um…