For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Around Easter, I always find that it is a time of remembrance of some of the fundamental beliefs in our faith. Leading to Good Friday, my focus turns to trying to understand the great love that God has for us in sacrificing his son for us. The second part of the narrative that is equally important is the concept of how Jesus rose again. Taken together, we learn that not only did Jesus die for our sins, but that there is hope and life through Christ.

In reading 2 Corinthians chapter 5, we consider that we are condemned and dead in our sins. Yet by the act of love and Jesus's death on the cross, we are redeemed. Our old selves and our sins died with Christ on the cross. His blood bought our salvation and through our belief in Him, not only did Jesus rise, but so did we. We are made alive in Christ.

Resurrection, then, is not simply about the miracle of Jesus's return after three days of his crucifixion. Instead, it is about resurrection too. We are made alive through Christ. Our lives, therefore, is not to live for sins any longer when we believe, but to live for Christ who has died and rose again for us. That is how Christ's love compels us.

Reflection: What does it mean to live for Christ who has died and rose for us?


For this week's devotional, we analyze the meaning of the resurrection for our lives as Christians. Christian Calm Radio publishes weekly devotional blogs to help you in your faith along with worship music channels including hymns, contemporary worship, instrumental music and more to help you on your journey.