Thursday, August 04, 2011

4 for 31 - The Resurrection.

It is not Easter, but the Resurrection should not just be celebrated on that special day. Last night, we talked about Jesus our Savior in our table groups at church. We are studying the book, "What is the Gospel?" The last part of the chapter hits hard on the truth of the Resurrection. I believe that as each year of my life passes, the promise of the Resurrection grows sweeter to me.  Simple reasons why I love and rest in the truth of the Resurrection--
  • Proves Jesus is who He said He was. He is not dead, He is alive. His death and resurrection made salvation's story complete, and because of that we can have eternal life. (Romans 10:9)
  • Believers have the grand opportunity of serving the living God. I know of no other religion apart from Christianity that can make that claim. (Matthew 28:6)
  • Because Christ was resurrected, believers have the promise of being resurrected. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
  • The death and resurrection of Christ was more than enough to satisfy the wrath of God for believers and we can rejoice in that, but there's more! The living Savior continues to intercede on behalf of believers to the Father. He's our Heavenly advocate! Amazing. (Romans 8:34)
I'm sure there are many more reasons why the resurrection of Christ is so important! As I was dwelling on these thoughts a song came into my mind. I love these words, as they always get stuck in my head when I hear the song.

Christ is Risen by Matt Maher

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him
Who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death 
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave  

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again 
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scheme of hell
No scoffer's crown
No burden great
Can hold You down

In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

O death, where is your sting
O hell, where is your victory
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead,
He's alive! He's alive!

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