God's Glory in Life
by Pastor David
From despair to hope, defeat to victory, death to life, Easter is celebration. The resurrection is so central to Christianity that without it there isn’t any Gospel to believe. With it, Christians are of all people most joyful and hopeful. But the resurrection isn’t just central to the Gospel, it’s also a key component of the glory of God. God, and God alone, gives life. He is where all life comes from. So without a God who can cause resurrection, there is no God of the Bible.
First, God is the creator of all life. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). All life, whether it be angelic, plant, animal, or human, comes from God. David called Yahweh the “fountain of life” (Ps. 36:9), Peter titles Jesus the “Author of life” (Acts 3:15), and John claimed that “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life” (John 1:3-4). One of the many tragic repercussions of evolutionary thought is the end of Easter. The modern attack on God as creator might start in Genesis, but it ultimately ends in an occupied tomb. If God cannot create life to start with, He certainly can’t bring Jesus back to life. But God is the creative source of all life in the universe.
God is not just the creator of all life, He is also the giver of life. God shows Himself in Job to be the one who gives life to all the animals. God is also the giver of all human life. Every baby that is conceived gets its life from God. David explained that God formed, knitted together, and fearfully and wonderfully made him as a baby (Ps. 139:13-14). Yahweh informed His prophet Jeremiah that He knew him even before He formed him in the womb (Jer. 1:5). Today we live in a world where human life is tragically, easily, and legally discarded in the womb. The horrid evil of abortion takes life that God has given and ends it. So it’s not just our science that attacks God as life-giver, it’s also our accepted medical murder. But God is the giver of all life on earth.
Ultimately, salvation showcases God’s glory in life. Every story of turning to Christ is a story of death to life. Even though we were dead in our sins, God made us alive in Christ. Even though the wages of sin are death, the gift of God is eternal life. God promises than whoever believes in Jesus won’t perish, but will have eternal life. God has not just created all life, and then given it to us on earth, He also promises eternal life in Christ. So this Easter as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, let’s worship the glory of God seen in life!