Death is dead. Christ has won!

empty-tomb

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has set “the world” or eternity in the heart of every person. Something inside of every man and woman reaches out for immortality. There is no satisfaction with life on a temporary level only. The multitude of religions and philosophies throughout mankind’s history reflects this. Christ’s Resurrection is the key to that desire. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:19), and He also said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26) The Bible is clear. Had Jesus not risen, we would have no hope. But he did, so we do! (1 Corinthians 15:17-20)

Because of the Resurrection there is not only hope for the future but power for living in the present. The Resurrection radically changed the way the disciples lived. No longer depressed and despairing of life, no longer clinging to the shadows and cowering in fear. After the Resurrection there is a joyful, radical obedience to their risen Lord. This had a powerful impact not only on their lives, but it affected the lives around them. By what power were they transformed? It was not the power of persuasion, or human eloquence and logic. It was not the power of patriotism or the effects of some narcotic. What made the difference in their lives? The reality of the Resurrection (Acts 4:13).

It is Christ’s Resurrection power that enables believers to defeat temptation, overcome trials, lead a holy and joyful life, and boldly proclaim the Gospel. There is hope for the future and power for today because Christ lives. May our prayer continually be that of the Apostle Paul, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). Challenge your faith, not just this week leading up to “Resurrection Sunday”, but for your entire life, through the power of the Resurrection.

he is risen sign

See What a Morning (Resurrection Hymn)

by Stuart Townend

See what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes,
Tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen!
See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love, Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives:
Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, ‘Where is He laid?’
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope,
Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit
Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned
With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won,
Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

If you live in the Garland area, and do not have a church home, the Rodgers Baptist Church, where I am the associate pastor, would love to have you join us for our Easter services. Follow this link for more details.

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About Travis

Happily married. Blessed to raise three young men. Associate pastor of Rodgers Baptist Church.
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