Messiah Is Risen!

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

 1 Corinthians 15:17-20 (NLT)

17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

 Have you ever wondered what was the most important day of the year?  Most people would probably say Christmas if you asked them.  However, in my humble opinion, I would say it is Easter Sunday.  Think about for a minuet, if you will, we set aside one day a year to celebrate Jesus birth, but it takes us a whole week to celebrate His death and resurrection.  Consider this, if Jesus had just been born, lived an exemplary life, performed a few miracles, but that was it we could say He was like a number of people in history.  Moreover, if he was just born, taught some great principles, and then died a horrible death He was just another religious fanatic.  On the contrary, if He was born, lived, taught, healed, died on the cross and rose again on the third day, as He predicted He would, then He is what He claimed to be:  the Son of the Living God and Savior of the world!  The resurrection is so vitally important to the Christian faith that without it we are all out of our minds.  If Jesus has not risen from the dead, as Paul wrote, than we are to be pitied more than anyone in the world.  But the fact is, and it is fact, that Jesus has indeed risen from the dead.  In his blog on Biblical Preaching, Peter Mead wrote, “This Easter season, let’s be sure to clearly communicate that the Christian faith is founded very firmly on historical fact.  The biblical record carries an unparalleled historicity.  If Jesus rose from the dead, then the implications are massive, but if he didn’t really rise, then let’s give up and do something else with our lives.”  His resurrection changes everything, and it gives us both meaning and hope.  It is what sets us apart from the other religions of the world.  According to author Josh McDowell, “All but four of the major world religions are based on mere philosophical propositions. Of the four that are based on personalities rather than philosophies, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. In 1900 B.C. Judaism’s Father Abraham died. In 483 B.C. Buddhist writings say Buddha died “with that utter passing away in which nothing whatever remains behind.” June 6, 632 A.D. Mohammed died. . In 33 A.D. Jesus died but came back to life appearing to 500 people over a period of 40 days (McDowell, Josh. Evidence That Demands a Verdict. 180).   So rejoice today because Jesus has truly risen and in doing so has opened up for us a new and living way into the presence of God.  Happy Resurrection Day!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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