It's that time of the year when I get to write about the day which changed everything!
The actual event may have taken place thousands of years ago, but it's still changing lives today!
and most important
day of the year!
The day when believers in Jesus Christ from all over the world celebrate the FACT that Jesus arose from the dead!
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words,
And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest."
The resurrection of Jesus is so vitally important to the Christian faith because there is NO OTHER FAITH who has a RISEN Saviour! If we did not have a risen Saviour, we would have NO hope for this life or for the life to come.
All other faiths have leaders who have a date when they were born and a date when they died and that's where it ENDS!
Buddha was born, died and is still dead. Muhammad was born, died and is still dead. Socrates was born, died and is still dead. Confucius was born, died and is still dead.
BUT JESUS was born, died AND AROSE FROM THE DEAD! That's what sets Jesus apart from all others. He is ALIVE and seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven right now.
"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"
BUT another thing that sets Jesus apart from all other religious leaders is that He is the only One who NEVER sinned.
We NEEDED someone to “rescue” us from our sins. We were in desperate need of a Saviour. The only one who can save someone from their sins is one who never sinned themselves, and that Someone, of course was Jesus, because He not only was The Son of God, He was also God in the flesh and NEVER once sinned!
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
II Corinthians 5:21
I know this may sound all very basic, as it did to me most of my life.
Growing up, I knew about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I knew Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world BUT I never made it personal. I just couldn't see myself as a sinner needing a Saviour!
I knew I was far from perfect, but I never saw myself as a sinner. Sinners are robbers, murders and people "like that", or so I thought!
BUT the Bible teaches NO SUCH THING. In fact the Bible teaches that we are ALL sinners.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
None of us can measure up to the Lord's standard of holiness and that's why we NEED Jesus to be our Saviour.
If being a good person, giving to the poor, joining a church or being baptized could have forgiven us of our sins, God would have NEVER sent His only Son to the cross to die such an agonizing death.
But God loves us so much that He wants us to be with Him in Heaven forever and the ONLY way that is possible was for His perfect, sinless Son to die on the cross and to rise again the third day.
Jesus not only took the punishment for my sins and opened the way for me to be with Him in Heaven one day for all Eternity, but as my Saviour, He is with me every single moment of every single day, and for that I can never ever thank Him enough!
If you have heard the "Easter story" all of your life, but have never made Jesus' death, burial and resurrection personal in your own life, TODAY would be the perfect time to do so.
Trusting Christ as your personal Saviour is so very simple.
It's just a matter of realizing that Jesus died, was buried and rose again for YOU.
Even if you had been the only person living at the time, Jesus still would have died just for YOU because He loves YOU that much and wants YOU to be forgiven of YOUR sins and spend Eternity in HEAVEN with HIM.
Pray and tell Jesus that you believe He died, was buried and rose again for YOU. Tell Him you know you are a sinner and you are trusting Him to be your Saviour. You are placing your faith in Him and Him alone to forgive you of your sins. No need to use words like "thee" and "thou"! Praying is just talking to God. He is NOT impressed with eloquent speech. He is simply interested in what is truly in your heart.
It’s that simple.
It's the Gospel!
Trusting Christ as your personal Saviour IS THE MOST IMPORTANT decision you will EVER make in your entire life.
It's a matter of life and death. Eternal life with God in Heaven. Or being separated from God and spending Eternity in Hell.
We are not guaranteed our next breath. The Bible says, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
And please remember,
about a relationship
with Jesus Christ!
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