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Bible study: resurrection power

Living in the hope and power of Jesus’ resurrection

Written by Rei Lemuel Crizaldo 2020 Available in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French

The empty cross, like this one in Antigua, Guatemala, reminds us that Jesus is alive. Photo: Lydia Powell/Tearfund

The empty cross, like this one in Antigua, Guatemala, reminds us that Jesus is alive. Photo: Lydia Powell/Tearfund

Bina (right) and a friend wash their hands at their school in Nepal. Photo: Tom Price/Tearfund

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‘I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection.’ Philippians 3:10

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world. As well as the devastating loss of life and impact on people’s physical and emotional health, there has been massive social and economic disruption. The far-reaching impact of the disease has caused many of us to stop and reflect on what is really important.

Loss and gain

While locked in prison, the apostle Paul reflected on how he had suffered the loss of ‘all things’ including his reputation, power and freedom (Philippians 3:4–8). However, he goes on to say that he considers all that has been lost to be nothing compared to what he has gained in Christ.

In verse 10, Paul says, ‘I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection.’ What Paul is referring to here is knowing Christ in or through the power of the resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus was not like the experience of Lazarus coming back to life (John 11:43–44). Lazarus did rise from the grave, but he eventually died again. Jesus rose from the dead and stayed alive! His victory over death and his glorified body provide us with assurance that not only is he with us today, but one day all things will be renewed. We can look forward to a new creation and a life together with God when there will be no more pain, suffering or tears (Revelation 21:1–4).


The resurrection of Jesus gives us hope. It is a daily reminder that this world is meant for something better: something more beautiful. This vision can inspire us to imagine a new society. One that is more harmonious, caring and compassionate, especially for those in greatest need.

The reality of Jesus’ resurrection encourages us as we work to change things for the better. And it assures us that God’s power present in the world makes all things possible (Matthew 19:26).

This hope of renewal is a very important part of the good news of Jesus that we carry. May it give us the boldness to challenge injustice and live differently in the knowledge and power of the resurrection of Christ.

Questions for personal reflection or discussion

  • What are the ‘normal’ things in our world that need something new and better to take their place?
  • How can you, your family, your church and your community play a role in this?
  • How can we deepen our knowledge and personal experience of the power of Christ’s resurrection?

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Written by  Rei Lemuel Crizaldo

Rei Lemuel Crizaldo is Advocacy Coordinator for Integral Mission at Micah Philippines and part of Tearfund's Theology and Network Engagement Team.

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