Tag: Resurrection

Sunday rest and reflection–Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-7 “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him.”

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Mary and I wish each of you a blessed Resurrection day, as we celebrate the most powerful event in human history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave! “He is risen” was the message of the angel to the first women visiting the tomb to anoint His body. That cry brings us to worship our King, Son of David, Son of God, Who alone defeated the “giant” of sin and death and the grave. He is alive and shows Himself to all who will humbly seek Him.

The Son of God came to dwell among us and reveal the heart of His Father–love for us through His earthly ministry and compassion for our fallen nature. This love caused the Father to give His Son, Jesus Christ, the mission of taking the sins of all people and paying the penalty for our sins through sacrificial death on the cross. Jesus, Alone, did for us what we could not do for ourselves. It is not our good works, our family, our knowledge or position, our church membership, or even our confession of faith that saves us. We are saved by His finished work of paying for our sins on the cross and by His grace extended to us through His intercession and drawing us to repentance and faith.

May God’s amazing grace fill your life today with obedience, faithfulness, and worship with His family as we all gather to declare “He is risen indeed!” Amen! Pastor John and Mary

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The last enemy under Christ’s feet!

Scripture reading for August 21st: 1st Corinthians 15, Psalm 16, Proverbs 11

1st Corinthians 15: 20-26 “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

Some in the Corinthian church struggled to comprehend how Christ was raised from the dead. They were thinking naturally that when a person is dead, then that’s the end of them. But Christ Jesus has been raised from the dead and is alive. Adam’s sin brought death to all men because death is the penalty for sin. But Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection now brings eternal life to those who believe on Him. Christ was the Firstborn from the dead but He won’t be the last! When He comes again, we shall all be raised to life eternal in a glorified body, like His glorious body! God did not abandon Jesus and He certainly won’t abandon to death those trusting in His Son. Jesus is the only path to eternal life and resurrection! Amen!

Psalm 16:9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my flesh also dwells secure. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Prayer: Father God, my heart is full of joy at the understanding that I will live forever in Your presence! I believe Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and at His coming I will be raised. Use me to declare these truths to a world skeptical of the resurrection and lost in sin’s darkness. Deliver those with the fear of death by revealing that You have defeated our last enemy!

Proverbs 11:6-7 “The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust. When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.”

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Sent by the Father, Jesus sends!

Scripture reading for November 18th: Daniel 10-12, John 20

John 20: 19-23 “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

The resurrected Jesus Christ, Son of God, came to His disciples as they were hiding in fear behind locked doors. Jesus came into the room, in spite of the locked doors, and spoke a Jewish blessing of peace over them. He showed them His nail-scared hands and His spear-pierced side. The disciples were over-joyed. Jesus then spoke peace again and reminded them that He was sent by the Father to save lost mankind and now He was sending them. Following this commission, Jesus personally breathed on these disciples and commanded them to receive the Holy Spirit–the power and authority of God. Grace and peace with God was to be their message and their mission was to reach all mankind.

John 20:30-31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the amazing resurrection, foretold in Your Word through Daniel and others. The promise of resurrection and everlasting reward is my heart’s desire. I have received Your Holy Spirit and am born again and empowered with Your Life. Use me today to share the Good News and turn many to righteousness through Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

Daniel 12:2-3 “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, but some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

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The powerful Gospel–first importance

Scripture reading for September 14th: 1st Corinthians 15

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 15:3-8 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.”

As Paul was concluding his letter to the church, he emphasized the importance of the Gospel message as recorded in Scripture and fulfilled. The Gospel includes the death of our Lord on the cross for our sins, His burial in a tomb for three days, and His glorious resurrection and many confirmation appearances to His followers. Without the resurrection, our faith would be on shaky ground. If Jesus were not raised from the dead, we could not have assurance that we would also be raised. Jesus was raised in a glorious body, bearing the scars of His crucifixion. Death could not hold Him because He was the sinless Son of God. His resurrection stands as a beacon of what is to come for all who follow Him and believe the Gospel message!

1st Corinthians 15:14-16 “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that He raised Christ, Whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I thank You for the Gospel message and the resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead. In Him I have hope and confidence. I believe the Scriptures and the many witnesses to Christ’s resurrection. I look forward to seeing Jesus when He comes and enjoying a glorified body, like His glorious body. Help me to clearly preach this powerful Gospel that brings hope and salvation.

1st Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed.”

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Faith declaration!

Scripture reading for May 16th:  Acts 9, Psalm 98, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures: Acts 9:39-42  “So Peter rose and went with them.  And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room.  All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.  But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up.  Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.  And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”

Tabitha, a beloved disciple who was a seamstress suddenly died.  The other believers washed her body and sent for Peter to come quickly.  Peter put all the widows and others out and alone with the body, he knelt to pray.  After prayer, Peter turned to the body and spoke the woman’s name: “Tabitha, arise.”  He made a simple faith confession or command as a result of his faith in His Lord Jesus.  This miracle caused many to believe in Jesus Christ!

Faith Confession:  I believe in the resurrection power of the Name of Jesus Christ.  Lord, help me to seek You at every need You bring before me in order to do Your will and enable me to speak in faith that many will believe in You.

Psalm 98:1-2 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!  His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.  The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.”

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Eternal Satisfaction!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  John 6, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  John 6:35-40 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.”

The Father’s will was a key thought in Jesus’ life.  Jesus came to earth do do the Father’s will, not His own.  Those who choose to believe in Jesus come to Him and will be eternally cared for, never to be lost, hungry, or thirsty again.  They come because the Father decreed that anyone who looks on His Son and believes would have eternal life and resurrection to life!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for the Father’s will!  I joyfully look on You and believe, receiving eternal life, satisfaction of my hunger and thirst, and security!

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

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God my “Stronghold”

Scripture reading for April 11:  1st Samuel 20-23, John 5

Key Scriptures: John 6:28-29  “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of  judgment.”  

Jesus told His disciples that He would be the source of resurrection and eternal life.  His voice would bring people out of their graves.  But not everyone would enjoy eternal life, some who had done evil would suffer judgment and eternal punishment.  God knows how to protect His people and punish those who do evil!

1st Samuel 23:14  “And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph.  And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.” 

Prayer:  Father, thank You for the promise of resurrection life and reward and Your protection in this life.  Help me to live in faith and make You my “Stronghold”.  Amen.

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Rejoice in a living Redeemer!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Job 17-20

Key Scriptures:  Job 19:25-27  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes!  How my heart yearns within me!”  

Job was kept through his terrible suffering during this test by revelation knowledge of a God who was alive and a redeemer!  He so trusted in his Redeemer that he believed that even if he died and his body was consumed by the grave, that one day, in his body, he would see God with his own eyes!  Job had resurrection faith!

Rejoicing in our Redeemer:  Jesus promises to redeem all those who believe on Him from the penalty of sin–eternal death!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?””  (John 11:25-26)

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Rejoice in Renewal!

Scripture reading for May 18th:  Job 12-16

Key Scriptures:  Job 14:13-15  “If only You would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed!  If only You would set me a time and then remember me!  If a man dies, will he live again?  All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.  You will call and I will answer you; You will long for the creature You hands have made.”  

Job was so miserable that he longed to die and asked God to hide him in the grave until the time of His anger had passed.  He asked God to set a time and then to remember him, even to call him up from the grave in order to have fellowship with him, God’s creature and creation!

Rejoicing in God’s coming Renewal:  God has set a time to bring about the greatest renewal ever seen!  “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever!”  (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)

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Jesus is the Christ, Son of God!

Scripture reading for April 20th:  John 11

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 11:25-27  “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”   Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was come into the world.””  

Jesus tried to console Martha with promise of resurrection for her brother, who had been in the tomb for four days.  Martha stated she believed in resurrection and then Jesus made an amazing promise.  He stated one of the “I AM” promises recorded by the Apostle John, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life.”  He stated that anyone who lived and believed in Him would never die and if you died believing you would live again.  Mary told Jesus that she believed this too, because she believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God!  Jesus then proved He had power to raise the dead by calling Lazarus from the grave!

Observations for over-comers: Faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God is the bedrock of resurrection life for each person.  This truth is echoed by Job in the Old Testament!  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes, I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me.”  (Job 19:25-27)

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