BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words
Easter: A New World, A New You
Theological Truth changes our perspective, understanding, and outlook. When we believe God’s new perspective in Christ, the Spirit of Christ transforms our lives. The new perspective – Theological Truth – of Easter is not only that Jesus is alive, but that the New Creation has begun, and we are newly created in Christ.
The grand perspective of New Creation and New Life is not experienced by the disciples who were in the upper room, “with the doors locked for fear . . .” (vs. 19). Jesus appears. He moves through walls. Earthly barriers are removed. Something has happened that changes everything. Jesus has defeated evil on the cross and is vindicated in the morning light of the resurrection.
John goes to great lengths to demonstrate that the resurrection of Jesus is the beginning of the New Creation and that includes you and me being created anew in Christ.
- The Gospel reminds us that the event in the upper room took place on “that first day of the week” (vs. 19). The verse points back to “Early in the morning on the first day of the week” (20:1). John is teaching us that God’s promise “to create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17) has begun in Jesus’ resurrection.
- John’s gospel retells the story of creation. Light was created on the first day, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God . . . Through him, all things were made . . . In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind” (John 1:1-4).
- John’s gospel utilizes the phrase “the next day” six times (1:29, 35, 43; 6:22; 12:12; 19:31). Include the first day (John 1:4), and you have seven days of creation. Notice that before the final “next day” (John 19:31) we read the last words of Jesus, “Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’” (John 19:31). Jesus’ words are a clear reference to the first creation, “By the seventh day God had finished the work” (Genesis 2:2).
- John’s Gospel introduces the day of resurrection with, “Early on the first day of the week” (John 20:1). John is teaching that Jesus’ resurrection is the first day of the New Creation (see Gal. 6:15; 2 Cor. 2:17; 2:11-22; 4:17-24; Col. 3:1-11; Rom. 8:22).
John reminds us that the disciples were in the upper room behind locked doors on the day of the New Creation, “the evening of that first day of the week” (John 20:19). The New Creation had begun for the earth, but what about the disciples?
Jesus “breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (vs. 22). Remember God’s creation of human life, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).
“For we are his artistry,
in Christ Jesus
for good works.”