[Jesus says:] “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” — John 15:9-12, NIV.
As academia struggles to find the ultimate all-encompassing definition of “happiness”, we as Christians know that we already have the ultimate form of happiness. As we celebrate resurrection Sunday, let us reflect on the sacrifice and victory of Christ over sin and death. Let us reflect on the life that He has lived on earth and the life that He’s walked with us as He dwell in our hearts in the form of the Holy Spirit. Let us learn that as we remain in His love, we will love each other as He has loved us. Let us learn that we are called His friends if we do what He commanded. Let us learn that because He call us friends, whatever that Christ learn from His Father, He will make known to us. Let us learn that we are where we are, not by our own accord, but because He has chosen us. Let us learn that we have been loved by the Creator of the Universe. Let us learn that in His love, He has called us to bear fruit that will last till eternity.
Let us find joy in the Love of the Creator of the Universe. Let us rejoice in the greatness of His love. As Christ walked through Via Dolorosa all the way till the cross, let us learn that we have never once left His mind. As His body hung lifelessly on that tree on our behalf, He forgave every speck of sin there was, is, and ever will be.
He has restored us to who we were meant to be. To be ‘gods’ in our own rights (John 10:34-35; Psalms 82), to be in the assembly of God (Psalms 82:1), to walk alongside Him just as how He has designed us to (Genesis 2:19-20; Genesis 5:24), and to love Him the way we were designed to.
The resurrection has reminded us that we who remain in Christ is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). It was He who seats on the throne that makes all things new (Revelations 21:5). And because of this, we who were buried with Him through baptism into His death will walk in the newness of life and be raised to life in a resurrection like Christ’s (Romans 6:4-5).
Since, therefore, we have the image of Christ within us, the keys of heaven has been now been given to us. Whoever we bound on earth will be bound in heaven and whoever we set free on earth will be set free in heaven (Matthew 16:19; 18:18).
Since we are now united with God in heaven and are able to freely approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16), we also do not speak words of our own but rather, words of God that were commanded for us to say (John 12:49). Likewise, we do not do things on our own accord, but we do the things that we see the Father does (John 5:19).
Such is the definition of happiness, that we have realised that we have surpassed all things that previously bound us on earth. True happiness is acquired when we realises that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).
All of these are ours because our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, has risen from the grave today.
Have you received Ultimate Happiness?
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