Posts Tagged ‘Resurrection of Jesus’

How deep the Fathers love for us.
How vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only son to make a wretch His treasure.
Why should I gain from His reward,
I cannot give an answer.
But, this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Christ willingly died for us. He shed His blood just so we could live.

I will never forget the great sacrifice Christ gave for me, and that is why today, I again say thank you to God for accepting me for who I am, faults and all. I believe because I have given my heart, my life, my all to Him, that He can achieve all He needs and wants me to.

It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying words have brought me life
I know that it is finished.

Power of the cross is what makes today a day to celebrate Christ, and God’s love for every one of us.

Christ is alive, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!

Easter Sunday, today, is one of the happiest in the Christian calendar. Why? Because today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. So let’s celebrate today by rejoicing in God’s love for each one of us.

God gave His son for us, so in return let’s celebrate this Easter by give our all to God.

Just a few months ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus, and then in the last couple of weeks, we celebrated Christ‘s death and His resurrection, but where do we go from here?

Yes, Christmas and Easter are the two most important events in the Christian calendar but that doesn’t mean that when it’s not Christmas or Easter we should not celebrate Christ. In fact the complete opposite it true, it because of Christmas and Easter that we should be celebrating Christ’s life, and His message, throughout the whole year.

Mark 16:5-7 (NIV)

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Jesus is alive! Isn’t that what Easter is all about?

After all if Christ hadn’t risen from the dead, Christianity would probably be no more than the thoughts of a select few, with no substance or evidence for its beliefs. Instead we have the proof that God really does love us, as who else would sacrifice their only son, just so we could all be forgiven of all our sins?

Without Christ’s resurrection, we would not be celebrating Easter, and we would not be able to rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus IS alive.

He is alive! He is alive and I love him!

Alive!  

You’re probably thinking, what a stupid questions, of course everyone knows it’s Easter! However I guess the question I’m really asking is do they know the reason why we celebrate Easter?

Have a think about all your family, friends, work/school mates and your neighbours, what percentage of them do you think are celebrating the Christ‘s resurrection this Easter?

If like me, you know and are in regular contact with many people who are either unaware of the real Easter message or are aware of the Easter message but do not celebrate it. As a Christian I recognise that this weekend, Easter weekend, is a good a time of year as any other, to tell those I’m in contact with that Easter is all about the cross, Christ’s crucifixion, His resurrection and ascension to heaven…and that was all for us!

Have you spread the message of Easter this year?

It’s not to late to do so now, because it’s never to late to come to the foot of the cross and seek Christ there.

At the cross I bow my knee
Where for me you shed your blood
There’s no great love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now
 

I don’t know what your life is like or how you feel on a daily basis, but for me, life can be a bit of a struggle physically and emotionally a lot of the time. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that over the last few years I’ve sometimes considered life to be hopeless.

Hopeless…a word which when I hear it, makes my heart go out to those who use it, as I know and understand their pain when they feel life is that bad. I know compared to many my life has been fabulous, but we’re all human, and we all feel differently and react differently to every situation, so I can only tell you that yes, life did feel hopeless at times to me.

But from hopeless we can pull out the word “hope“, and just as the word hope can be found in the word hopeless, so we can find hope when life seems hopeless. Indeed this very weekend, on Easter Sunday, resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the greatest hope for the world, all because…Jesus is alive.

As I’ve just said, this coming Sunday, Easter Sunday celebrate and commemorate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! In fact, isn’t that what we do every Sunday when we go to church, celebrate the hope that Christ’s resurrection gives us!

I hope you enjoy this wonderful song, His Glory Appears by Darlene Zschech, it means a lot to me as it talks about the hope that Christ gives us, and therefore fits perfectly with my thoughts for today:

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

To me that tells me that people are either more desperate to prove Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or conversely, there are more skeptics who are willing to try to prove it all a huge hoax.

Either way, it gives the events of that first Easter more air-time and surely as Christians we should be happy for the opportunity to discuss and convince others who do not believe in Christ, that He did die at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in!