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April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

"God's Easter Promise for You"

“By His power God raised the Lord from the dead and He will raise us also.”  1 Corinthians 6: 14 NIV

Over a billion Christians will celebrate Easter this year.  Unfortunately, some of us who have heard that message for many years will blank out on it.  We know the basic issues.  Jesus was arrested, crucified and three days later, God raised Him from the dead.  

Yet there’s something missing, something that’s very important.  We miss what turns Easter from a one dimensional holiday to a multi-dimensional, life transforming way of life.  We forget that the story of Easter is not just about Jesus’ resurrection.  It’s our story as well.  

You see, God has made us part of that resurrection.  The resurrection proves that you and I have life after death.  Jesus says that if you trust in Him, death becomes a transition, not an ending point.  

All of us face the end of our physical bodies, but God made us to last forever.  Jesus reminds us of that in the amazing words in John 11: 25 - 26:  “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing me will never die.”

That promise is grounded in the fact that Jesus did exactly that.  He died and came back to life.  Over 500 witnesses saw Him.  Without His resurrection we would have no hope of eternal life.  

Easter is the great news that Jesus rose from the dead.  What makes it even greater news, and turns it from black and white to living color, is that one day, if you will just believe in Him, He will raise you from the grave also. 

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don