One of my favorite hymns is ďBecause He LivesĒ. The song contains many
reasons why we can draw on the fact that Christ is alive to encourage,
strengthen and enable us to live. This life is not just any life but the
abundant life that Christ offers us in His Word. Are you rejoicing this
Easter because Christ lives? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
Luke 24:1-8, On the first day of the week, very
early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went
to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they
entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were
wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like
lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their
faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the
living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told
you, while he was still with you in Galilee: `The Son of Man must be
delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be
raised again.' "Then they remembered his words.
Why do we look for the living among the dead? A
good question; why do we continue to search for the meaning of life among
things of the world that will lead us to death? We all want to live life to
the fullest. We all want everything life has to offer. We all want, but are
we wanting the right thing? Listen to what David wrote in Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.
Is Jesus Enough? Is He everything you need? Can
He provide everything we need? YES!
Let me ask the question, are you living or surviving? Most people I know
are just trying to get by. They are just trying to make ends meet. They work
from one paycheck to the next hoping that nothing happens that will upset
the delicate balance of their lives.
We know that is false hope. We know that life is full of circumstances
that can put us into a tailspin in a momentís notice. What we fail to
realize is that we have made the choices that put us in those circumstances.
We are the ones that guide and direct the things we do. We are responsible.
It doesnít have to be that way. God provides guidance for us. God
promised to care for us and provide for us. God also gave us a free will to
choose. We decide and God honors our decision. Which way should we choose?
Which way leads to the best life? Which way leads to life everlasting?
Letís explore that a little. Who should know best how to live the best
life possible? The creator of life Himself, God. When our car is broke, we
donít bring it to our lawyer. When our taxes need to be done, we donít bring
them to our mechanic. When we want to live an abundant life, we need to go
to the source, God. He alone can provide what we need. He alone will guide
us in the right direction. He alone cares enough to give His life for us.
5:6-11; When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the
right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be
willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be
willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his
great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still
sinners. And since we have been made right in Godís sight by the blood
of Christ, he will certainly save us from Godís condemnation. For since
our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we
were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of
his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with
God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Ask yourself, what am I willing to die for?
Remember Christ was willing to die for you. However, he not only died for
you but he rose again, victorious over death. He offers us forgiveness and
life everlasting and He demonstrated to us that He has control over those
What one thing do we fear the most? Death. We fear not being here
anymore. We fear our loved ones not being here with us. Christ offers
victory over death. He is ALIVE!
As you celebrate Easter this week, think about Godís love for you. He
loved you so much that He sent His son who gave His life for you, not to
condemn you but to save you. You will find that promise in Johnís Gospel,
chapter three, verse 16-17.
Truly celebrate this Easter with a new life, one provided for you by
Jesus, His death and resurrection. I leave you with these words from the
Hymn ďBecause He livesĒ, William and Gloria Gaither, God Bless.
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.
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