We are always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh
2 Corinthians [4:10]–11
Why is Jesus alive? Pause to consider that question for a moment. Yes, He’s alive because He rose from the dead—but why? Yes, He’s alive because He is God—but why? Yes, He’s alive“because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts [2:24], niv)—but why? What purpose does His present life serve?
Over and over the New Testament tells us Jesus is alive and active. He makes intercession for us, He comes before the throne of heaven as our mediator, and He makes requests before the Father for our moment-by-moment needs (Hebrews [7:25]). Payment for sin is complete; that’s a past accomplishment (John [19:30]). Someday Christ will rule the earth; that’s a future promise (Revelation [19:15]). But what about today?
Today Christ lives to bring His victorious power to bear upon our character. Not only does He offer victory over sin and death and give forgiveness to all who believe, He also wants to live His life through us. That is what Christian living is all about—“that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians [4:11]).
The true Christian life is Christ in you.
Written by James MacDonald
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