1Co 15:3 “ For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1Th 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
I have the blessing of being a part of a cross denominational community of followers of Jesus Christ that uses a worship book to prepare our hearts to receive the Lord’s Supper. There is a phrase in the book that we recite to prepare our hearts to receive the Lord’s Supper: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
What a powerful truth is contained in that statement. On this weekend as we Christians meditate and think and share about how much that our Lord suffered when He died on the cross for our sins we can look to Calvary where Jesus was crucified and know that He did die a real death on a cruel cross. The Apostle Paul shares that in our passage from 1 Corinthians 15. Some cults have tried to deny that He really did die on that cruel cross. That is rubbish! Paul writes about His death in Php 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” He died a real death so that you and I could be saved from our sins. And look what else He did that we can celebrate by His dying on the cross: Heb 2:14 “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” He has destroyed the one who came to kill, steal, and destroy. He may be active still, but his power of death over us has been broken.
And this Sunday morning we will celebrate in a big-time way His resurrection from the dead! Death has no hold on Him! He is alive! That isn’t our imagination. It is a historical fact! Ro 6:9,10 “knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” He was seen by many witnesses as Paul goes on to say in: 1Co 15:6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. (NKJV) As the old song goes “We serve a Risen Savior! He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way!”
And yes, He will return one day. As I have said before I am not an end times expert, but a general reading of Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation and watching the news sure makes you stand up and pay attention. And when He comes back He wants to find a church that is doing what He told those disciples to do in Matthew Mt 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV)
So tonight, I will reflect on what it must have been like for Jesus on the night before He was crucified. He suffered greatly on that night. Tomorrow I will do what I try to do every day, thank Him for suffering and dying on the cross for our sins. And Sunday and every day rejoice that He is a risen Savior. And every day may we be ready for His return His return by serving Him and pointing others to Him. Yes, it is so true Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we humbly thank you for suffering and dying for us on the cross at Calvary. We praise You that You came out of the grave! The grave could not hold You! Help us to serve You in a way that brings others into the Kingdom so that when that glorious day comes when You return that Heaven will be populated to a great degree because of how that You have worked in our lives.
In Jesus Name
Have a blessed Resurrection weekend!
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