It's a day to be happy. It's a day to celebrate! Ephesians 2:1-10 really captures well the essence of Easter Sunday.
It's amazing that through Jesus' resurrection I am raised up with Christ and even seated with him. Notice how it's all past tense? It's finished. It is done and it's a truth I need to constantly come into agreement with. However, I cannot be raised up without dying. Dying to ourselves; a process to go through for those who have decided to follow Christ. It's not an easy process. It's usually one that we go through begrudgingly with a lot of resistance.
Why do I keep fighting what is good for me? When I'm unwilling to die I devalue the victory of Jesus. Everyday I must align my heart and spirit with the truth that I am with Christ, that Christ is in me and I am not in this world. Have I been rejecting the reality of heaven on earth and in my life? It's a total paradigm shift to realize that I'm in the heavenly realms with Christ. It's exciting and makes this life so much more worth living for.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions