We are coming to the end of our special series about Christianity’s Core Belief – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We’ve spent the past three weeks digging into evidence that supports the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Our hope is this series has been helpful to you.
Easter is a great day for Christians around the world to rejoice at the Power and Victory of our Faith. The grave could not hold our Savior and it cannot hold us. Death had no power over our Lord and Master and it has no power over us.
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
We are a FREE people. We are FREE from the fear of death. It has no power over us because it has no power over our Lord. Why? Because He died for our sins and rose for our right to live forever with Him in Paradise. We don’t waste away after our physical death. We go to be with Christ in His Glorious Kingdom and reign with Him forever. Our bodies will be raised up one day and become like His Glorious Body.
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:53-54
We will not disappear into a dark void after death. We will appear in glorious light with Christ!
This Spiritual Truth has a practical side. It means that what we do in this physical lifetime on earth has meaning. It has purpose. We are not aimlessly wandering from thing to thing waiting for the clock to strike “death and it’s over.” We are not spinning away the years in fruitless ventures. Our life has great meaning and purpose.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
What we do every day, every hour, every minute, has purpose. God saved us to do great things for Him. What He deems great may not be great in the eyes of puny earthlings, but He knows what matters for eternity. I have heard Christians say that what they think and do is of little importance in the grand scheme of God’s Plans. That’s nonsense. Every Christian has foreordained positions of opportunity and responsibility that are vital in the Work of God.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Every Christian is important. It doesn’t matter who they are, how old or young they are, what position they have in life or where they live. God says all of us are important, and I believe Him! Whether you pastor a church or support your pastor, you play an important role in God’s Plan. Whether you work inside the home or outside the home, you play an important role in God’s Plan. Whether you preach, teach, listen or pray, you play an important role in God’s Plan. Whether you head up a large missionary organization, serve in a foreign land, or send $5 a month to support a missionary, you play an important role in God’s Plan. Whether you hold revival crusades across the country or pray for revival in your home and community, you play an important role in God’s Plan.
Many Christians are caught up in the way “the world” sees things. We think BIG is best. We think FAST is best. Is that what God thinks? Is He concerned only with the Big and Fast things of this world? I don’t think so. Who did Christ call as His disciples? The Biggest, Fastest, Baddest Dudes in town? Who did Jesus minister to while He was on earth? The Rich? The Religious? The Best Educated? No. Jesus called His followers from among the masses of the weakest, weariest, poorest, and most unimportant people. Jesus doesn’t need anything from us. He is Everything. What He wants are sinners saved by His Grace through Faith. He wants to enjoy us and He wants us to enjoy Him. He wants us to live life to the full on earth, because that’s what we’re going to do in Heaven. Our eternal life begins now. We don’t have to wait for things to become something else after we die. Life is now! Excitement is now! Joy is now! Love is Now! Grace is Now!
God knows we will do our best work from positions of Freedom and Cooperation. Paul said it so well in his letters to our older brothers and sisters in Galatia, Rome, and Ephesus:
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14
“… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16
Christians, every one of the millions of Christians alive today, awake from sleep every day in a position of Spiritual Power. They move through the day from a position of Spiritual Power. They speak to people from a position of Spiritual Power. They minister to the needs of others from a position of Spiritual Power. They cooperate with other Christians in ministry from a position of Spiritual Power. As we work together, our Power is multiplied; not because the combination of our individual strength, but because we Combine with the Plan of God. God is the One with the Power. Our Power comes from Him. Our Power emanates from the Spirit of God Who lives in us. It is His Plan that we work together. It is His Promise that He will bless our ministries. We don’t have to work up a sweat to create spiritual blessing. We have it already. Every person who comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ gets it. All any of us need to do is “open our spiritual eyes” and see what we have. WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN CHRIST!
We invite you to download these two eBook volumes of Christianity’s Core Belief and use them in whatever way God leads.
We invite you to watch the beautiful and power Midnight Cry with Charles Billingsley and the Belleville Baptist Church choir.
Rejoice! Jesus is Risen!!
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