Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Reflection On The Resurrection
Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side,
clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
And he saith unto them,
Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:
he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat,
and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them,
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them,
he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where,
the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Our faith hinges on the Resurrection of our Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:17 says : And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
He has been raised! He is alive! We are not in our sins! Our sins are under the blood of Christ! He is alive! He is among us through the Holy Ghost! Because He lives, we live! We have hope as Christians!
Since His Resurrection, many people have been affected by this Risen Savior. He appeared to those who expected His body to be in the tomb. He appeared to the eleven diciples while they were eating. Many proclaimed that He was alive. Many have been touched by Him! Many have been affected by the Resurrected! When we were dead in our sins, He died for us. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 KJV) When we weren't looking for Him, He was looking for us! When we ran from Him, He ran after us. When we despised Him, He loved us! O, what a Savior!
Here we are in 2012. Many still proclaim that He is alive. As soul-winners, we can use Easter as a springboard to herald His Resurrection! Many serve a dead god. Many don't believe in God. Many don't believe any thing. Many are running from God. We have the Message! We have what they need! We have the only hope! We have been resurrected ourselves from the death grip of sin by our resurrected Lord! We must reach the perishing in this crucial hour! We must keep the Gospel fire burning for those who are in a cold world! We have been resurrected for a reason! We are alive to proclaim the Resurrection to those who are dead in their sins! As we reflect on the resurrection this Easter, let's not forget to tell others that He is alive!