What difference does Easter make? It has been said that Easter is an alarm clock for some people. It wakes some Christians up from a spiritual slumber. It wakes some unbelievers up to the reality that there is more to this life.
In the Bible there is a relationship between “indicatives” and “imperatives”. Indicatives tell us certain truths about the Lord – who He is, what He is like and what He has done. Imperatives tell give us commands – what we are supposed to do.
And here’s the thing – whenever you see an imperative (a command) in Scripture, there is ALWAYS an indicative lurking in the background somewhere. The imperative is always based on the indicative. When something is said of who God is, what He is like or what He has done for us in Christ, the imperative tells us, “this is how we much respond to that reality about God.”
In the teachings about the resurrection of Jesus we see this as well. In 1Cor. 15 Paul spoke passionately about the fact of the resurrection of Jesus and the implications for the meaning for our lives (that is the indicative). Then in verses 33 & 34 we see the imperative: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’ Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning.”
Paul was saying that we should allow the resurrection to be an alarm clock… “Wake up!” And because Jesus has risen from the dead, we should stop living in sin…why? Because we don’t have to any more. His power to raise from the dead gives us victory over sin – this isn’t just nice in theory. It is reality. We do not have an excuse to say, “I just can’t help it.” If Christ is in us – He has the power to overcome sin in our lives.