Christ the Lord is risen
Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” John 11:25-26. No longer do we have to stumble in the darkness of hopelessness. A light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again.
Long ago Job asked this question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” Job 14:14. We expect death, but we all have that hope of expecting to live a long life. Death carries with it a certain dread.
The Bible always links sin with death, saying, “the sting of death is sin” I Corinthians 15:56. The Bible also says that “through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death, through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12.
No matter if you’re rich or poor, educated or uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, color or creed. We never know when the moment of death will come to us.
Is there any hope? Is there a possibility of immortality? What does the Bible say?
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat on it” Matthew 28:1-2.
“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not here; for he has risen just as he said. Come see the place where he lay” Matthew 28:5-6.
The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Other doctrines of the Christian faith may be important but the resurrection is essential. Without it, there can be no personal salvation. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth in the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9. In the resurrection of Christ we have the answer to Job’s question. The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live. And because He died and rose again, we too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.
The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not a spiritual resurrection, as some would have us believe. God raised Jesus’ very body from the dead, and someday we will see Him.
The resurrected Christ still lives today, in a different but very real sense- inside the heart of every true believer. In His glorified body, He lives in Heaven, through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every true believing Christian.
Some of you do not know – the power of the resurrected Christ. You have never knelt at the foot of the cross and had your sins forgiven. On that first Good Friday, Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place. He took your judgment, your sin, your death. Scripture teaches, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” Acts 16:31.
The Bible says, “The blood Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin” I John 1:7. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. That fact is a guarantee that the atoning work of Christ on the cross was acceptable to God in your place. Now you need to receive Him and to believe in Him. God says that He will clothe you in His righteousness.
So many people are confused, lonely, discouraged, what a glorious thing it would be this Easter, for you ; your family to give your life to Christ, to let the resurrected Christ come to dwell in your heart and give you supernatural power to meet the problems of this world. Christ can transform your life so that you will have a glow on your face, a spring in your step and joy in your soul. First you need to renounce your sins, second, by faith receive Him as your Savior. I wish each one a very blessed and happy Easter.
From my heart.