Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | March 31, 2015

The Strong Word – April 2015

 

At last it is Easter, after 40 days of contemplation and introspection, a time of looking into our hearts and lives, we celebrate the joy of Easter. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We recognise that however much darkness and sin is in our lives we can have light and forgiveness. The resurrection of Jesus proves this beyond doubt.

Jesus did not just speak good, comforting words, he did not just reassure lives and forgive sins. He not only healed the physical and mental ailments of those who came to him, but he allowed himself to die, as a sacrifice for our sin, to taste death, and to come out from the other side, raised by the mighty power of God. He proves this beyond all doubt, to men and to Angels, that he really is the son of God who has the power of life and death. So it is fitting that we pause to celebrate on Easter Day this incredible victory in which we share.

Sometimes it is difficult to understand how we can share in such a victory. Yet when our team wins a game, even if we have done little more than shout support from our armchair, we claim to all who enquire, (and some who don’t!) ‘WE WON’!

How much more then, for those who join team Jesus, who call themselves Christians, follow the teaching of Jesus, seek to live as he lived, how much more shall we also share in his victory over death, for he promises no less.

In John chapter 11 verse 25 Jesus says “I am the Resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me will live, even if they die, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

The Apostle Paul, at the end of I Corinthians 15 adds this, “The sting of Death is sin, the power of sin is the Law, but thanks be to God who gives us victory though our Lord Jesus Christ.” Death has indeed been swallowed up in victory…..

So we must celebrate and give thanks for the future that is opened to all who believe, to all who have joined team Jesus and are on the Victory side!

 

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