1 Peter 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
For you and I to talk about the resurrection is one thing but for Peter… seeing the Resurrected Son of God for himself was the greatest day of Peter’s life. You remember what had happened, after three years of a swirling, whirlwind of signs and wonders, when it mattered the most, Peter had failed. He denied he had anything to do with Jesus, he had folded just trying to save his own skin. He denied he had ever even known the Lord.
You know all of us are really like Peter. Without the supernatural effect of Christ in our lives none of us would get very far when it comes to standing up for Christ. After the Lord was crucified Peter had assumed all was lost. Jesus was gone, Peter had failed, and there was really nothing left to do except to go fish. The last three years were all a waste until …. Until Jesus was raised from the dead. Peter had seen the empty tomb that morning but wasn’t really sure what he believed. All of that changed in a moment that Easter night when Jesus suddenly appeared in the room where the disciples had gathered. The room was filled with light and life. Peter heard Jesus say, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. That was the beginning of life change. The disciples in the room were filled with light, life, power, revelation, and joy. Jesus was alive and now they were sure. The resurrection changed them all from the inside.
When Peter was writing this letter years later he wasn’t just writing a doctrine, the resurrection was real to him because he saw Jesus alive and was changed by breathing in the Holy Spirit. Today, our lives also change when we breath in the Spirit of God. Our old life is over with and new life, resurrection life, floods our being. We are born again by the resurrection of Jesus. We too are filled with light, life, power, revelation and joy. The resurrection isn’t a doctrine for us today, it is the very life of God resonating in our soul. Jesus is still saying today, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Resurrection. If the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you He makes everything come alive in your life.