Sunday, April 4, 2010

Because He Lives...

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a part of the Christian faith which you can choose to believe or not believe. It IS the Christian faith. If Jesus is not risen, then we are dead in our transgressions and sin. We are without life and without hope. There is no victory over sin and death. There is no victory over the spiritual forces of darkness. If Jesus is not risen, we would not be new creations because there would be no power to bring new life. I know He lives, because He live in me - I am a new creation. "The old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Cor 5:17

Jesus said, "Because I live, you also will live." John 14:19

Paul said, "But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men." 1 Cor 15:12-19

I love the words of the hymn "Because He Lives"

Because He Lives
I Can Face Tomorrow
Because He Lives
All Fear Is Gone
Because I Know He Holds The Future
And Life Is Worth The Living
Just Because He Lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
"The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

If you have never called upon the name of the Lord, I pray today would be the day you do so. Jesus is waiting. He says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."


Hannah said...

Wonderful post! That's a beautiful hymn. It brought back memories and is one I should remember to sing.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Thanks for all your encouragement. I do hope and pray that there are babies for both of us, right around the corner.

Stacey said...

Amen! He is risen, indeed!

Hope you had a joyous Easter!