We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over Him. Romans 6:9
How sad that we have so quickly forgotten the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday. Our God reigns! Jesus Christ died, yes. But even more importantly, He rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus Christ literally defied death. But He did more than just a Houdini move. We “ooo” and “ahhh” over the narrow escapes by magicians like David Copperfield and others, but eventually even those daredevils will face death. Their power is limited. But Jesus Christ was greater — He defied death FOREVER. Jesus Christ lives and reigns for eternity, whether you or I believe that fact or not. And He has reclaimed life for all those who believe in Him. This is the second miracle and implication of the Resurrection.
Through God’s work on the cross, we have access to eternal life as well:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17).
Whosoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).
Please consider today the wonder of God’s power and His love for you. He knows you. He knows what you have done. He knows what you are going to do. But He is waiting for your response, my friend. God doesn’t need your praise or your service to Him; He desires it. It is not what we do for God that gets us into heaven and gives us a right relationship with God. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ.
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16).
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The message of Resurrection Sunday is clear. God loves us and has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. I encourage you to acknowledge and turn from your sin before God and trust in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this you will experience the forgiveness of your sin. You are promised the new life offered to us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Won’t you cry out to Him today, Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.