Easter has come and is almost gone. Another weekend beginning with Good Friday when the Good Shepherd was crucified on that cross at Calvary for sins He did not commit. Dead as any dead could be, the Father raised Him up on the third day, Easter Sunday. He who was dead now lives by the power of God forever having defeated death and Satan and so is able to give life to all who come to God through Him. Although it has become an annual celebration around the world, there is actually no Biblically historical evidence to support this annual celebration. As far as I know the early church in the Acts of Apostles did not have an annual Christian celebration of Easter. Regardless, I am grateful to God that the nations of the world would at least stop for a few days to honour the death and resurrection of our soon coming King, Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! However, the irony still remains that while many around the world celebrate Easter in memory of Jesus Christ, they still largely reject Him as their Lord and Saviour. Celebrating Easter in honour of a Saviour you will not accept does not make sense. I believe celebrating Easter is proof-positive that Jesus is who He claims to be and that should bring anyone to their knees before Him. I have and so have countless others around the world and I hope you too. If not, I am sure you know what to do, do not celebrate Easter without Him, the reason for the Easter! Make Him the centre of your Easter!
A word for your week ~ 1 Cor 15:12-23
Beloved, our text this week is taken from the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church. This portion of his letter challenges certain thinking that tended to compromise the resurrection of Christ. Valid then and now, the Christain faith hinges on this foundational truth that Jesus rose from the dead. If He did not, then let’s see what the implications are for the Believer:
- Christian gospel preaching is empty and faith based on it is also empty – verse 14
- Every Christian witness is false – verse 15
- As the dead do not rise, Christ is not risen and faith in Him is futile – verses 16 and 17
- Christians are still in their sins – verse 17
- Those Christians that have died as Christians have simply perished – verse 18
- Christians should be pitied for their faith in an unresurrected Christ and in losing out on the pleasures of the world because of their faith – verse 19
My friend, the above is just unthinkable! Look again at the implications, God forbid! I am glad to note that verses 20-23 says that “20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” Glory to God, Christ is risen from the dead and so are we who believe on Him! Really, without the resurrection of Christ from the dead, we have no faith, no hope, no eternal life, etc. But as Christ rose from the dead, we have a faith that works and can move mountains, we have a living hope and eternal life. He is risen to newness of life and so have we who believe in Him. He is risen and so are you!!!
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…
- Your week shall be one of walking in the ease and comfort of God!
- God shall give you grace and glory and no good thing will He withold from you!
- You will experience resurrection in every area of your life that the devil maybe challenging you!
- As He rose from the dead so shall you rise from your dead issues and situations!
- As the grave could not hold Him, so shall no dead location or relationship able to hold or stop you from fulfilling your destiny!
- You are blessed and raised up in Christ!
Have a great week!