Sunday, April 5, 2015

Christ Is Risen!

"He is not here; He has risen, just as He said!" (Matthew 28:6a) Rejoice! He is risen! Happy Resurrection Day, everyone! The empty tomb gives hope to empty lives. Jesus gave His life to give us eternal life and abundant life. God is not dead; He is alive! "I AM the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever!" ~Jesus (Revelation 1:18) 
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the Living God, I AM, not "I was". 
"God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in Him Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." (Romans 4:24b-25)

Resurrection Day (Easter) is not about a new dress; it's about new birth!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3)

"Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life." (Ravi Zacharias)

"Believing the right things about Jesus isn't enough. You're not adopted as God's child until you confess and turn away from your wrongdoing and receive the freely offered gift of forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus purchased with his death on the cross. Until you do that, you'll always be on the outside looking in." (Lee Strobel)

"Because I live, you also will live!" ~Jesus (John 14:19b)
The resurrection of Jesus assures us of God's tomorrow. The glorious hope of living eternally with Him in Heaven enables us to live joyfully now regardless of life's sorrow. Because Christ is risen, we can have assurance of eternal life and resurrected bodies. We can have confidence that He is actively involved in our lives. He is interceding on our behalf. He is preparing a place for us in Heaven and He will return one day to bring us to our everlasting home. He always keeps His promises. He promises that those who abide in Him and do His will would bear much fruit for God's kingdom, enjoy spiritual blessings, and receive guidance from the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is ever-present.

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