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Friday, April 6, 2012

He's Alive!

“While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.” Luke 24:4-6

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades”. Rev. 1:18
“And who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 1:4
“Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies. And those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?"  John 11:25-26
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6
The above scriptures speak of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are the foundation upon which Christians base their belief. True belief in the resurrection should fill us with awe and overwhelm us with a sense of peace and thankfulness. Jesus died and rose again so that we could live an abundant life and worship Him for all eternity.
Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ through His resurrection, we have assurance that our past sins are gone.  The shed blood of Jesus on the cross means that we can live every day in His forgiveness. Our future is bright because the tomb is empty! 
For Christ-followers, hope came with His resurrection.  Jesus willingly entered the mystery of death and came out alive. His first step out of the tomb changed the world forever. Were it not for His sacrifice on the cross for all mankind, we would have no hope of eternal life. He paid the price and brought life where we once were dead. Because He lives, we are able to face today and all of our tomorrows with the assurance that He is in every situation. 
The resurrection was God’s declaration to the world: “This is My Son!”  The resurrection serves to tell us that “with GOD all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), and it gives us the assurance that every one of His promises will come to pass. If Christ is truly risen, how can any trials of this world possibly lead to defeat?
This Easter season, let's place our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins and live in the promise and power of His resurrection. Let's pray for our mind to be fully opened to His truth and for our life to be lived because we KNOW He is risen!
Our future can be full of Jesus.  Our eternity can be secured in Him. But, we must first look for Him.  Pause and ask yourself, if you have truly sought a living and loving relationship with Jesus Christ. If not, He waits to receive you at this moment.
Christ the Lord is risen today.  Hallelujah!
Prayer: Father God, just saying “thank you” for sending Your only Son to the cross for sinners such as I, seems like such a feeble attempt on my part to let You know how grateful I am.  Help me, and each person reading this blog to be grateful for life, for salvation, and for the hope of eternity spent with our Lord and Savior.  And help us to be grateful enough to carry His message to those who are in need of the peace and joy that only He can bring.  Please take these words and look into our hearts knowing that we love You above all others, and want to be Your servants for the rest of our days.  For those who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, place within their hearts a desire to seek Him.  Please let this be the day that their lives are transformed beyond what they could ever imagine. This I pray in His name, the name above all names—Jesus Christ.  Amen. 

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