Sunday, April 24, 2011

An Easter message

The following is a repeat of last year's Easter post ... Easter, the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the remembrance and the celebration of the truly unique nature of Christianity as a belief system. Easter is the ultimate demonstration of the power of God on behalf of mankind.



THE RESURRECTION

On ‘Good Friday’ Jesus was crucified and died. It happened on a Friday. What made it good was that Jesus was sinless, having never sinned, and took the sins of the whole world into His own body on the cross. He then received the wrath of God against Himself for those sins while on the cross. This is shown by His statement, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34. In this way God purchased the right to forgive us of our sins. When a person believes on Jesus and repents of their sins, the Holy Spirit enters into the person and he or she receives the righteousness of Christ. This is the process of being born-again.

Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Christians now worship God on the first day of the week in honor of that first resurrection. The resurrection is proof that all men will be raised from the dead. The righteous to be judged and then rewarded for their works, but the unrighteous to be judged and then thrown into the Lake of Fire to be tormented forever.

When Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha was sick Jesus arrived at their house four days after their brother had died. Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise from the dead. Martha told Jesus that she knew he would rise from the dead at the last day. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever lives and believes on me shall never die.” John 11:25,26. Jesus then went on to raise Lazarus from the dead.

If you are born-again and have Jesus dwelling in you, then you have the resurrection in you waiting to happen. If you are not born-again, then you must confess to God that you are a sinner, and you must invite Jesus into your heart. A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ forgive me of my sins and come into my heart.”

Happy Easter, Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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