Every human being is on course to the same destination on earth, a cemetery. All of us have an appointment with death (Romans 5:12, Hebrews 9:27). Death is the final enemy of us all. The great news is death has been defeated.
Before raising his friend Lazarus from the dead Jesus said to a grieving Martha, “I am the resurrection…” (John 11:25) Why fear death when you know the resurrection?
- Jesus said of those who put their trust in Him, even when they die they will truly live. (John 11:25)
- Those who trust Him are promised resurrection to life. (John 6:39,40,44,54)
- Every living person who is trusting Jesus will never die. (John 11:26)
This is such good news! I am not making this up, these are Jesus’ own words. What Christ gives to those who trust Him is…Himself. The one who lives in you by the Spirit of God is Jesus the resurrection and you can’t die because He can’t die. (Romans 6:9) This is why the life He gives is called “eternal” or “everlasting“.
Do you fear death? Then run to the Resurrection. He died the death you deserved to die because of your sins and now invites everyone to share in His eternal, supernatural life by trusting Him to do what He promised.
“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.”
(1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
The tomb is empty, our hearts are full, our blessed hope is sure, “Because He lives we live” never to die again. Our Easter observance each year affirms Jesus is the Resurrection, the only answer to death.
Are you trusting Jesus Christ?
So encouraging, so true. In a world of chocolate eggs and bunnies, the miraculous power of the Resurrection seems lost sometimes.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ~1John 5:13
I love this scripture because I can know RIGHT NOW that I HAVE eternal life – it’s not something I’m going to get in the future, it is something I have right now – because of the Resurrection! Hallelujah!
I stop by your blog often . It’s always encouraging, and I usually learn something new…
I’m a Believer!
So very true. Eternal life is a present reality. Salvation is a process in this way.
1. Justification– At a moment in time God declares the repentant and believing sinner “Not guilty” and at the same time “Righteous”.
Saved from the penalty of sin.
2. Sanctification – God is at work in us both to will, and to do His good pleasure. His eternal purpose is to conform the believer to the likeness of Christ so that He can receive maximum glory and praise. And, he empowers our witness for Jesus and enables us to say no to sin.
Being saved from the power of sin.
3. Glorification– At the resurrection every believer will receive a body like Jesus’ own glorified body perfectly suited for earth or heaven without the restraints of a sinful nature and it’s penalty and pain. We will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.
Saved from the presence of sin.
So today our joyful response to this good news is to give ourselves daily to do His will in word and deed and to be witnesses to those who watch and listen to see if we are who we say we are.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Ps 119:50
Royce, thank you for this brief, yet powerful, post. His resurrection is powerful truth. No one can do what Jesus can. Praise God that we have His great work to lean on as we live the life of hope in Him!
Great post Royce! Very, very good. Thank you!
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A post on the resurrection from the archives. The original post was April 10, 2009