Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central theme of the New Testament. As powerful as the parting of the Red Sea in the Old Testament, the resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. What believers often fail to remember is that a resurrection must be preceded by suffering and death.
Jesus said in John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” There will be no fruit-bearing, no “fruit that remains” until there is death to self.
As we meditate and rejoice in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, remember that it requires suffering and ultimately, death to self, before the world around us can see a demonstration of His resurrection power working in and through us!