The phrase “that’s a game changer” has almost become a cliche. We may talk of people being game changers, especially in sports. When Walter Payton was on the field for the Chicago Bears, he could change the nature of the game at hand. Today in basketball Steph Curry is probably the biggest game changer around. In fact, Steph Curry is really changing games as video game makers are having to rethink and rewrite the way they program the NBA basketball video games.
The Resurrection of Jesus was the ultimate game changer in life, though. We could talk about how our calendar and systems of worship have changed, but the Resurrection changed the “game” of how people see life and death. The disciples, seeing the Resurrected Jesus, were somewhat troubled. “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’” (Luke 24:37-39)
Jesus had died, Of that, the disciples had no doubt. Those who stuck around to watch the crucifixion had seen Him die. Those who had run away had heard. They were huddled together in hiding, afraid of the Romans and/or the Jewish leaders coming after them when they saw Jesus in their midst. They couldn’t believe it because Jesus was dead. The Resurrection showed that Jesus had power over life and death. That power changed the way the apostles would live as they would go into the world and proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus without any fear of the consequences.
The Resurrection was also the game changer in God’s dealings with us. He now deals with us in grace. Our sins have been forgiven. The penalty has been paid. We no longer fear physical death, we also no longer fear spiritual death. We are alive in Christ and that gives us the power to be the people God wants us to be. We have the power to live for Him each day sharing HIs love with others. Let us not waste that amazing opportunity we have been given.
Thank You God for the amazing Resurrection of Jesus. We can live today in Your power, not fearing death or any of its consequences. May we live each day showing Your love and grace to others.