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Reflections & May Gatherings

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Easter Reflections

We just celebrated Resurrection Sunday. Many people spend this blessed season pondering “how can the resurrection be proven?” There are many resources, books, movies, sermons and articles which thoughtfully answer this question, to rich reward. The question I was pondering this season, however, was not “how can I prove the resurrection” but “what does the resurrection prove?”

First, the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the truthfulness and consistency of the Word of God. This is evident in all of the prophecies and promises that came true when Jesus humbly submitted to the cross. Between the tenth and fourth centuries BC, 18 different prophets, as detailed throughout the Old Testament, predicted details regarding His birth, life and death. As 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 declares, “…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (emphasis added). The Word of God is true, is consistent and is confirmed.

Second, the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the deity of the Son of God. As the centurion standing by at Golgotha exclaimed, “Surely, He was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54, Mark 15:39). Paul describes Jesus to the Romans as “the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). Who else can conquer death?  Jesus is Lord God!

Third, the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the completeness of salvation. Hebrews 2:17 describes Jesus as our “merciful and faithful high priest” and confirms His sacrifice was to “make propitiation for the sins of the people.” As He said “it is finished” on the cross, this work was completed, and His blood covers the sins of all who accept Him (John 19:30). He came to save us sinners and offers complete salvation to all who believe in Him.

Connected to this, the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the certainty of judgment. In the fifth chapter of John, Jesus teaches that the Father has “given all judgement to the Son” (John 5:22) and He later states He has “much to judge” (John 8:26). Without Him, individuals will “die in your sins” (John 8:24). In Acts, we learn, “He is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42). We know judgement is coming, but as the Scripture continues in the tenth chapter of Acts, “…everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10:43). We have been reconciled and are called to remain steadfast and grounded in this faith-encouraging proof (Colossians 1:21-23).

This leads to another point the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves: eternal life as promised to believers. Going back to Jesus’ words in John 5: “the Son gives life to whom He will” and “whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:21, 24). He has saved us! Forever! He has also equipped us (Ephesians 4:11-16), sent us His powerful Spirit (John 16:7, Acts 1:8), bestowed upon us blessings (Ephesians 1:3), showed us great kindness (Ephesians 2:7) and established and sent His Church (Matthew 28:16-20).

Jesus’ work on the cross wasn’t just a plan. It was a choice. He chose people. He died for us. The resurrection was real and it changes everything. It declares God’s righteousness, confirms His Word and is a testament to the love of God who saves us. And it demands a response, in faith, as the proven Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the key to everything. Our task is not to prove this, but to proclaim it to all.

He is risen indeed!  Karen Robison

 

Plan to join us at these upcoming fellowship and education opportunities when we gather together as God’s people to hear God’s Word and learn of His love!

Fun First Fridays – Friday, May 6th at 6:00 pm

All those college/career age, are welcome to come to our new Young Adults Game Nights, scheduled consistently every first Friday of the month. Come share some snacks, games and fellowship. On this first meeting in May, bring your favorite game and your favorite snack to share!

Tacos & Truth – Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm

Come join us as we gather to read First Corinthians chapter 15 aloud. This chapter speaks richly of the meaning and significance of the resurrection of Christ and the hope that we have in Him. We gather, read and fellowship together so that we may “hold fast to the Word” and become “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that, in the Lord, your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2, 58).

Taco shells, tortillas, chips and salsa will be provided. A signup sheet for meats, and taco toppings is located in the fellowship hall by the display. Please bring your Bible! – Karen Robison