Unforgettable moments call for unforgettable words. President John Kennedy challenged, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” He inspired a generation. Martin Luther King, Jr. cried out, “I have dream!” A million people marched. Neil Armstrong, the first person to stand on the moon, radioed back, “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” Thousands of kids said, “I want to be like him.”

The words of today’s Scripture are even more stunning: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” These words have life-transforming power — if you will hear them and respond with faith.

They make two claims. First, Christ has conquered the grim power of death, the great enemy of every human being. Incredible! More amazing, he is only the first to rise. Millions upon millions will rise from death with him on the last day. Good news! We celebrate his resurrection today.

But don’t stop with celebration. We are to respond with action, being steadfast, immovable, and giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. Nothing done for him will ever be in vain.

Celebrate, the Scripture says, but then get to work. Live for him. Work for him. Pray to him. Worship him. Love him. Share Him. Not one bit of it will be in vain. Your life will matter. If you follow him, it already does.

Christ is risen. Yes! He is risen indeed.

O Lord, fill me with wonder today for your amazing work. You conquered death for me, and I will rise with you. I will work for you today and live with you tomorrow. Wow! What a day to rejoice. Amen.

Go Deeper — Today, find a church and go celebrate with others this glorious day of the resurrection. Then, once you leave, ask God how you can put your celebration into action.

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