In light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, consider this Question & Answer from the Heidelberg Catechism:
Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 45
Q. How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.1
Second, by his power we too are already raised to a new life.2
Third, Christ’s resurrection is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.31 Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:16-20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
2 Rom. 6:5-11; Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 3:1-4
3 Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:12-23; Phil. 3:20-21
The part of this answer that stands out to me is that second claim: “By his power we too are already raised to a new life.”
How can that be true?
Are you living the new life — the resurrection life that looks and acts and thinks and speaks like Jesus? How many people do you know are living his new life?
But the Heidelberg Catechism isn’t just making this answer up, as some kind of feel-good “prophecy” for people with itching ears. It is faithfully summarizing Scripture:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:4-6
Paul writes these audacious promises in the past tense – as realities that are already ours because of Christ’s death and resurrection.
This is the gospel promise, which we claim by faith.
This song, “Graves into Gardens,” celebrates these promises with a bold and passionate hope, remembering the faithfulness of the resurrecting God in Scripture and echoing our trust in this God for today.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.Colossians 3:1-4