As Easter is fast approaching, it is a glorious celebration of our Savior and His resurrection from the grave. My Savior Lives!
Tonight, our Pastor used 1 Corinthians 15:1-9 to illustrate what this means to us.
1 Corinthians 15New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Resurrection changed the earth. It changed us. It changed the world.
The Resurrection changed:
The Cross ~~ It is now a symbol and reminder to us of God’s Love for us. No longer is it the horrible death of crucifixion.
The Grave ~~ We rejoice in the fact that we’ll live forever with our Father in eternity, no longer are we put in the ground and left there with no hope.
Death ~~ Before it was “The End”, now it is the “Beginning”, a great hope that we will live forever with Christ. ETERNITY! The promise of everlasting life.
How joyous life has become, knowing that we are saved by His grace and love.
1 Corinthians 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh Happy Day! He is RISEN! He LIVES! He REIGNS!