Faith in God, Love for People

I Do Celebrate The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

We have stated our reasons elsewhere in this paper for NOT celebrating the pagan holiday of “Easter.” But we DO CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION of our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, we celebrate as all true Christians have for 2000 years, by meeting together every Lord’s Day for worship, fellowship, Bible Study, and praise. Speaking of the first day of the week, the day on which our Lord rose from the dead, the Psalmist, by inspiration, said, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24
Because the resurrection of our Lord is of such great importance, Satan has done his best to dilute it, pollute it, and water it down. Now it has become nothing more than a worldly celebration “for the children,” with mass marketing to be enjoyed by “believers” and unbelievers alike. “Isn’t that a good thing,” you may Say. I reply, “No, it is not.” When the offence of the truth of God is lost, it can be only because the truth of God is sufficiently diluted so as to become un-offensive and of no real meaning at all. The apostle Paul said that if he had been guilty of changing or diluting the Gospel, it would take away the offence of the cross. “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.” Gal. 5:11 Peter called the truth of Jesus Christ, “…a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,…” 1 Pet. 2:8 The Lord Himself taught us that we should not expect that the world of the unsaved should love us because it does not love HIM. (See, John 15:18,25) No, my Friend, the truth of Jesus will be an offence to the world of unbelievers. If we attempt to make it popular, then we are guilty of corrupting it, and it is no longer the pure truth of God which is man’s only hope.
What is so important about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? In a word, everything! On this precious truth hangs the entire truth of Christ and the Word of God. To put it another way: If Jesus Christ did not literally rise from the dead after three days and three nights, then He is not the Son of God, then He is not the
Savior of the world, and the Word of God becomes just so many fairy tales. Everything hangs upon this great truth. Jesus pinned His Word and Messiahship upon it. On two separate occasions He was asked to give proof that He was indeed sent from God and is the Messiah of the Old Testament, even the Savior of the world. On both occasions He gave the same answer, only by a different simile. (See John 2:18-22 and Matt. 12:38-40) The Lord Jesus said that His resurrection from the dead after three days was THE PROOF of all He said and Who He claimed to be.
Praise the Lord! He did rise from the dead, just as He said. This is the message of the angels on that first Lord’s Day to the women at the empty tomb. “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matt. 28:6 This is the testimony of the apostles who saw Him, talked with Him, and ate with Him after His resurrection. Read carefully the testimony of Peter speaking on behalf of the other apostles. “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” Acts 2:32 “And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Ac 3:15 The testimony of all of God’s people for 2000 years is that Jesus Christ did indeed rise from the dead and is the only Savior of the world. For this testimony they were persecuted and killed by the thousands. There is proof beyond doubt of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is alive today “…to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Heb. 7:25
What does the resurrection of Jesus Christ mean to each of us now in 2011? It means, as we have said, that the Word of God is true, and that all that Jesus claimed for Himself is true. It means that He alone has power to save. It means that He indeed is the Judge of all men. That is, that one day every one of us must stand before the Lord Jesus to be judged. Every follower of Mohammed, every follower of Buda, every drunkard, thief, sodomite, or atheist will be judged by the Son of God, Jesus Christ. (See John 5:27 & Rev. 20:11-15, etc…) He is the Creator and the Redeemer of men. He is the Judge. Is your life lived in subjection to Him? If your life is not surrendered to Jesus Christ and you are not seeking to please Him in all things, it is sin. You will be judged and condemned by Him. Your life and breath and all things are given to you by God to use for His glory and honor. Have you glorified Him in your life today? If not, you need to repent and cast yourself, by faith, at His feet in mercy. Your life is not yours to do with as you please. It belongs to God, Who gave it. Every moment spent living for yourself and the lusts of the flesh is sin to be repented of. This is what the resurrection of Jesus means.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead also means that we cannot save ourselves. It means that neither the church nor baptism nor any other work of man can save us from our sins. He alone is the Savior! We must come to Him in faith and be saved by the pure grace of God. Anyone who has any hope in baptism or the Church, or so called sacraments, or any other works to save their soul is in practice denying the Lord Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. The Word of God says very plainly we are saved by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, without any mixture of works. Please read carefully these words of God, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8,9 Notice the words carefully, “by grace,” “not of yourselves,” “it is a gift,” “Not of works.” Dear Friend, I urge you to cast aside all hope of being acceptable to God by “good works” and cast yourself, by faith, wholly upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Good Shepherd Who gave Himself for His sheep. He is the Savior Who will save every sinner who comes to Him in repentance and faith. I leave you with the words of Jesus Himself, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

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