Christianity is fixated on the resurrection, believing it to sum up all that Christ did for humanity. Don’t get me wrong… it’s awesome! But there’s supposed to be more. Jesus said it himself:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
When Jesus first met John the Baptist, the one who was to announce the arrival of the Messiah, John the Baptist didn’t introduce Jesus as the one who would be resurrected. In fact, he didn’t even mention Jesus’ death and resurrection. Instead, John the Baptist introduces Jesus as:
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit…” (Matt 3:11).
In Christ’s death and resurrection, our hearts were made right before God enabling the Holy Spirit to indwell us. This Spirit is the wisdom and power of God. It enables us to do the great things Jesus predicted–to live the life of internal wholeness that God desires for us, and more importantly, to work for a world that is whole for others.
The problem is… few of us know how to listen to the Spirit much less lean into its power. Few of us desire the kind of transformation that would happen in our lives. And so the world travels on without the wholeness Jesus made possible.
He is risen! But he is risen for a reason…
To learn more about the wisdom and power of the Spirit, check out April’s Bible Studies.