Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

Now Easter is over, and we’ve celebrated Christ’s death and his resurrection, what’s next for those of us who believe that Christ is alive?

For us Easter is just the beginning, it’s the reason we now have a responsibility to tell others how much God loves them. So we must go out into our neighbourhoods and our communities and tell them how much God loves them and forgives them for all their sins.

If we do this, we can help others find true love in their life when they give their heart to God.

 

The cross is the central focus of all we believe – Jesus, crucifixion, resurrection, forgiveness, everlasting life. So it’s no great surprise that the cross is the focal point in many churches, the reminder of everything we have to be grateful for.

Believe in the cross, and believe in Christ, because they are the rock on which our faith is built.

All because of the cross by Paul Baloche

What can wash a- way my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see, nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing this my plea, nothing but the blood of Jesus

All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done
There’s a cleansing flow for all who come
Lord, we come

This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus

All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done there’s a cleansing flow
All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done
There’s a cleansing flow for all who come

Lord, we come
Lord, we come
Lord, we come

Oh, the blood of Je- sus; Oh, the blood of Je- sus
[Repeat]
Oh, the blood of Je- sus
Oh, the blood of Je- sus
On the cross, our sin erased
In Your death, our life was raised
On the cross, our sin erased
In Your death, our life was raised

Our world is in an awful state at present, but can you imagine what it would be like if Jesus had never been born or if he hadn’t died at Calvary?

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 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.

For years, people have investigated the facts of the resurrection. Now that tells me that people are either  desperate to prove conclusively to the unbelievers that Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or that they are keen to prove us believers that the resurrection was simply a huge hoax.

I don’t know which of these categories of people you fall into, but anything that gives us believers the opportunity to discuss the facts of that first Easter, and tell others why we believe in Christ’s resurrection, has to be positive doesn’t it, as if we don’t talk about the really meaning of Easter, how will the rest of the world know that Christ died 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 now!

Over the years, I’ve had a few people ask me why God allowed his son to be crucified, when, if he truly is Lord of all, he could have saved him?

I can completely understand why for those who do not believe in God, and in Christ’s resurrection, Christ’s death can seem confusing, but there is a reason for Christ’s death that first Easter…

It all started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when they disobeyed God, and as a consequence every single one of us have become sinners. The consequence of this was that Jesus willingly suffered and died at Calvary just so that we could be atoned for these sins.

I find it overwhelming just how much Jesus and God must love us, to give so much, so willingly. I could never I not show my thanks to God for his sacrifice, by loving Him and serving Him? God loves us, and because of that Jesus died, and because of that I have promised to love Him all my days, have you?

Here’s Garry Druery singing What He Was Dying To Say, which reminds us just how much God loves and cares for us. I pray it will help you remember why Christ had to die for us.

God-Loves-You-This-Much

It can be hard to comprehend sometimes why people die when they do. So that can make it even more difficult to comprehend why God would allow Jesus to die on the cross, when He could have saved Him…

What He Was Dying To Say

When Jesus was a boy
With the teachers in the temple
They were so amazed
That a child could speak this way
He was so excited
About His Father’s business
There were so many things
He was dying to say
 
Then after He turned thirty
He went back to the temple
To say He was the Son of God,
The Truth, the Life, the Way
They took Him to a hill
They called the Skull
To render Him silent
But they could not prevent
What He was dying to say
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.
 
He said, “I love you.” “I love you.”
“I love you” is what He said.
He said, “I love you.” “I love you”
And He cared enough
That He wrote it down in red.
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.

Did you find the answer in the above song?

Jesus died simply because He loves us, and because God loves us.

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
 

Romans 6:3-5 (The Message)

That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.

It can be Easter every day of year if only we would say “yes” to God. In my blog post a few weeks ago called Lent I spoke about how at this time of year we think about rededicating our life to God. But we shouldn’t limit the opportunity to restart our relationship with God, to Lent, or indeed to Easter. We should be rededicating our life’s to God every day of every year.

This Easter as we remember how much Jesus gave up just for us, consider your own life and whether you have truly given your all to God. If you haven’t given your all to God, please consider doing so today as we particularly remember Jesus’ resurrection.

1 Peter 1:3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

When you give your life to God, your life will be changed for the better as God will be with you in everything you do.

Why should we give ourselves to God? Because He loved us so much that He sent His only son to earth to die on a cross so that we could be forgiven of all our sins.

I was truly blessed by the following song See His Love by Tim Hughes, I hope you receive blessing from it too.

See His Love by Tim Hughes

See His love nailed onto a cross
Perfect and blameless life given as sacrifice
See Him there all in the name of love
Broken yet glorious, all for the sake of us

This is Jesus in His glory
King of Heaven dying for me
It is finished, He has done it
Death is beaten, Heaven beckons me

Greater love no one could ever show
Mercy so undeserved, freedom I should not know
All my sin, all of my hidden shame
Died with Him on the cross, eternity won for us

Such love, such love
Such love is this for me

Resurrection:

  • The act of rising from the dead or returning to life.
  • The state of one who has returned to life.
  • The act of bringing back to practice, notice, or use; revival.
  • The rising again of Jesus on the third day after the Crucifixion.
Can you imagine going to visit the grave of a loved one, and finding that they were no longer there?

Matthew 28:1-6 (The Message)

After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God‘s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.

Jesus had predicted He would rise from the grave, but did anyone really believe He would? I think most people would have found it hard to believe Jesus would rise from the dead, even although everything else Jesus had ever predicted had already come true.

In the same way that Jesus knew before His death that He would rise again, God has planned every moment of our lives before we were even born. All God asks in return is that we put our trust fully in him as He will be there to look after us during each minute of our lives.

 

Hallelujah!

Posted: April 12, 2009 in Easter, religion
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“Christ the Lord is risen today,
Hallelujah!”

And so today we celebrate the future. It is because Jesus died on the cross and then rose again, that we are forgiven of all our sins, and can now allow the living Christ to change us into the person He wants us to be.
Today I did not go to my church (Bellshill Salvation Army), I stayed at home. That however has not mean I have not spent time reflecting on what today means to me as a christian.

So what does today mean to me as a christian – My answer….”EVERYTHING!”

Earlier today I watch “The Passion of the Christ” for what I think was the fifth time. This film portrays the last days of Jesus life on earth and despite me having seen this film several times, I am still incredibly moved and inspired by this film. To describe this film as simply moving and inspiring really doesn’t do it justice, however I’m afraid I am unable to find the words to express the emotions I felt watching the film…and still feel.

I’m writing this post several hours after watching the film, and am still feeling very emotional. I am very priveliged to have grown up in a christian home and to have experienced te wondrous love of God in my life, but it is still to humbling to know that God loves me and forgives my many sins.


Wherever you have spent your Easter, I pray you have had a day full on many blessings.