The more of Easter is new life for old, less God for more and more of you for His Kingdom.
This is an Easter post. Easter is about the death of the old and the resurrection of the new. Life favours life and death promotes death. That's what Jesus meant when He said those who have will have more and those who do not have we lose whatever it is they've got. The searcher for life will find it if she is honest and loves it so much that nothing will stand in her way. You will seize your day and your life when you pursue life unconditionally.
'Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them' Matt 13. 12 NIV.
All of us must find Jesus for ourselves. For the churched Christian, life is found when we move from a conceptual Jesus in the mixture of institutional life to the actual Jesus who is in heaven and in us. I hear a lot of talk about religion on the ABC but hardly anything about Jesus. Not so strange since the ABC and many others deal in religion and the kind of spirituality, like the spirit of things that is really religion in disguise. Anything that does not come from the Spirit of Christ is religion. All that is the expression of His life in people is spirit and truth. The genius of heaven's plan is that since God lives in us, heaven gets to be spread out into the world.
If you are reading this you are probably not a child of religion but a child of the King. I mean you have entered a life with Christ, you have a passion for Jesus and you know that more of Him means more of life. In truth you have Him because you have agreed that life is lived exultantly when He has us. You will know that in being crucified in Adam, you are risen in Christ to live an authentic life in the parameters of our design. Here you live as who you are because you are liberated from your false life in Adam to become your true self in Christ.
In addition your ability to live authentically, unencumbered by fear, masks and false identities is enhanced by the Holy Spirit. You are imbued with the Spirit of sonship to live as a daughter/son in our Father where we are formed and mentored into our real self in Christ. If the Enemy is the father of lies, then our Father is the Father of our life as it was seen to be from before the foundation of the earth. All genuine prophecy has its source in Father in this respect. It is the speaking forth into our daily living of our real identity and purpose. All this comes from our resurrection in Christ. This is the Person of the new creation alive in us.
'All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men' John 1.3,4 NIV.
What happened when Jesus died? On Friday your life in Adam was put to death. On Sunday you arose from the dead in Jesus. On Friday you left behind Adam and Moses. On Sunday you rose in Jesus. The old creation ended on Friday. The new creation began on Sunday morning. This means that if we are still living from law or a patchwork of good and bad, we have not been born again. We will be adept at religion but blind to the Kingdom and its gospel of life in the Spirit. Get into Christ's Easter now!
For many Believers Easter needs to be a real rather than a churchified rebirth. Our rebirth in Christ is better than the laying aside of our bad deeds and the attempt to acquire a batch of good ones - with Jesus' help. Christianity is more than a moral life or a belief system. Christianity as the Kingdom is His life as ours.
'For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God' Col 3.3 NLT.
Lets get real in His Easter this Easter. Away with Adam and be engulfed in Christ. To be in Christ is to be done with Adam, his tree and his deathly fruits. Our fruit in Adam must always the fruit of the tree of knowledge. These fruits minister death and multiply dead works. Fruit that comes from roots in law is never alive and cannot minister life - but it does multiply iniquity. Our fruit in Jesus is alive because they are the fruits of the Spirit of life.
'But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness'Gal 5.22 NLT.
Easter means liberation from religion and its rites, to live in a person and more. It means Christ as our life. Our resurrection life is the life of the Holy Family pervading us, cheering us and filling is with their amity and joy. Jesus delivered us from the knowledge of good and evil and gave us the knowledge of God. One who lives from a belief system about Jesus is quite a different person to one whose life is Christ and has beliefs. One is dead and one is alive.
This is the difference between Easter talk and Easter life. In Adam we do the same old stuff in new ways. In Jesus we are new, we are alive and we multiply freshness. In one we are a new creation. In the other we remain in the old. In one we talk of the resurrection. In the other we are resurrection and life. Step into life this Easter. The command of our Father is to believe His Son. The testimony of Jesus is, 'I am your life!'
'Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation' Gal 6.15 NIV.