Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself (Philippians 3:20-21).
Jesus Christ was God but he also became human being. He obediently suffered and died. Because of his obedient and successful life and death, God raised him from the dead and gave him great glory as the Lord of the universe.
After his resurrection, Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” There is no higher authority than Christ’s, not on the earth, not in heaven. We have new hope because there is now a new world order, a world order that promises new life now and eternal life when we die. Because of the resurrection, everything has changed. How do we become part of his kingdom? To be a citizen requires that you are a subject of the King, our Lord Jesus Christ. To be His subjects requires that we relinquish all other allegiances, including allegiance to self. Will you unreservedly give your life to Jesus of Nazareth? Will you confess that you, too (as am I) are a sinner and in need of a Savior and that Jesus is that Savior, sent to live the life you cannot live and who died on the cross to forgive your sins? Will you confess that He rose again from the dead on the third day in accordance with Scripture? Will you now receive Him as the resurrected and living Lord of your life? Will you now follow Him?
How can we be part of this kingdom and be partakers of Jesus’ Resurrection? Easter calls us to start again by going back to the place of beginnings. We are to learn to follow Him all over again. That’s what Easter Sunday concerns: learning to follow Jesus Christ all over again. Christ is always out there ahead of us – leading and guiding His followers into new lands, new ventures, and new challenges.
We can be part of the kingdom by living the word of God. Preaching the word of God and spread His kingdom across the world. Let us be obedient like Christ, take up our cross and then one day be part of the resurrection.