FOR THREE DAYS, THE LIFELESS BODY OF JESUS LAY IN THE GRAVE. With
him lay the expectations of all who had followed him. This
wonderful man whom his followers hoped would be the Messiah--the
anticipated righteous King sent from God to rule their nation--was
brutally seized, tried, tortured and left to die on a cross.But on
the third day, as Jesus had foretold, he arose to live, talk, and
show himself again to hundreds of people (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
His resurrection was the ultimate proof of who he is and what he
promised. He promises eternal life to all who believe in him (John
11:26). Sharing that resurrection life with those who believe Jesus
died for them conveys God's stamp of approval on what Jesus
accomplished on the cross. The Bible says when Jesus Christ died
and rose again, he delivered us "from the wrath to come" (1
Thessalonians 1:10). Christ has risen to prove that God's wrath was
put on Jesus, our debt of sin has been fully paid, and the door of
heaven has swung open!The good news of Easter morning will speak
throughout eternity. Our sin separates us from God, our Creator.
But because of his love for us, God acted by providing the
resolution for that dilemma--Jesus Christ's willing death to pay
our sin-debt to God. Christ suffered once for sins, "the righteous
for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God" (1 Peter
3:18).Today you can know the power of the resurrection in your own
life by truly believing what the Bible says about knowing God:
RECOGNIZE that without Christ you are separated from God, now and
forever. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
(Romans 3:23). REALIZE that God loves you, and believe that Jesus
Christ died for your sins. "For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life" (John 3:16).RECEIVE the risen Savior into
your life by faith. "But to all who did receive him, who believed
in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John
1:12). You can experience a changed life made possible all because
of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God wants you to
experience for yourself what Easter is all about! If you believe
that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave to make
a way for you to have eternal life in heaven, you may express your
faith in him by praying this prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe
that Jesus Christ is your Son, and that he died on the cross to
save me from my sin. I believe that he rose again to life and that
he invites me to live forever with him in heaven as a part of your
family. Because of what Jesus has done, I ask you to forgive me of
my sin. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow him--help me
to live in a way that pleases and honors you. Amen.
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