JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE!
"I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!
And I hold the keys of death and Hades" (Revelation 1:18 NIV).
I once saw a sticker on a vehicle that reads thus: "If your God is
crucified, try Allah." I laughed to yourself and pitied the originator of
such idea. Apparently it refers to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but the
originator of the idea and those that are promoting it do not know that the
crucifixion of Jesus Christ was not the end of His story. In fact it was
the beginning of His triumph over death and Satan. Paul put it this way:
"None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would
not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 2:8 NIV).
It is a historical fact that Jesus Christ was crucified outside the city of
Jerusalem. He died on the cross according the Scriptures. He was buried in
a tomb. But praise the Lord, He was raised on the third day! He appeared to
many of His disciples and others for forty days before He ascended to
heaven (see Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20, 21 and Acts 1). He told
John: "I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and
ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades" (Revelation 1:18 NIV). He is
now at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25;
1 John 2:1).
Jesus Christ is alive! He was the only religious leader that died and was
raised again. This is a great assurance that Christians are not serving a
dead God. It is a great hope that when Christians die, they also will be
raised with Him at the end of the age. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection
and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and
whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26 NIV). Do
you have these assurance and hope? If you are not sure of your eternal
life, try the eternal living Jesus.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on March 23, 2008. There is a message
written by me that proves the logic of the doctrine of resurrection of
Jesus Christ. It is titled "IF JESUS CHRIST HAS NOT BEEN RAISED...." You
may request for it by writing me at <spiritualdigest@...
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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