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Light of the World!

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Bobservations' Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz
Sunday, April 9, 2003

Happy Resurrection Day!

We are blessed to gather together on this great day of promise that God gave us way back in Genesis 3.

The closets in my home are some of the darkest places in the house. Built in the 1960’s, it was a “boom” economy at the time. Putting up houses as fast as they could was the goal of many builders. Closet lights apparently slowed down their progress.

Every morning, every night, and even cloudy days, one cannot see inside the closets. We put in lights, just so we could see. Light dispels darkness, and this world is among the darkest places when Jesus and His light are not present. We see this in social circles and in politics. We even see it in some places that call themselves “churches” but do not teach the scriptures as handed down to us.

Jesus told us in John 8:12, “…I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus told His followers at the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.”

Jesus said in John 9:5, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The Lord God Jesus did leave this world, but He left His Holy Spirit in the hearts of His Disciples, and those that believe in Him because of their word (John 14:16-26). His light lives on, and the world no longer must live in the darkness of sin, as long as there are Believers alive on Earth. His Spirit lives in us! But there are nations and people that shut Him out at their borders, and at the wall of their chests. Refusing to allow His light in, they live in darkness and worship other things equally as dark and empty as they are themselves.

There will come a future day when the Holy Spirit is removed from this Earth, and the world will fall into the darkness of wickedness perfected. This planet will not be a pleasant place by any stretch of the imagination, except for those that love darkness.

Rejoice with us today! The stone of His grave was rolled away, not to let Him out, but to let light in so the world see that He is risen as promised!

In this world, there is nothing at the end but death and the grave.
“… but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

Today's Audio Message:
John 20:1-32 - "Light of the World"

Praising our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 
for the GREAT work HE has done!!!

At this time of year, the world stops and recognizes the historical event of the resurrection. Most people are content to accept the fact that maybe it happened and maybe it didn’t. But it seems to have some sentimental value to people, and they don’t want to argue whether or not it happened. It kind of slides by as a recognized holiday. But for us, the resurrection is not a once-a-year discussion, it is a constant reality for us. We live every day of our lives in light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Because of Jesus resurrection, the true church is alive. Despite all that it endures and suffers, it is alive. The resurrection life of its Lord is the very life of the church. Because He lives, we live.

Ask yourselves: What gathered the scattered apostles? What transformed them? What took that little band of followers of Jesus going through very difficult times and being fearful, what took them to the place where they literally turned the world upside-down with the message of Jesus as Lord and Messiah? It was one event: The Resurrection! The resurrection of Jesus became the message of the apostles, a message essentially that established the church and continues to advance the church.

How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ? It vindicates the truthfulness of the Word of God, the deity of the Son of God, the completion of the salvation of God, and the establishment of the church of God. There’s another reality that is tied inextricably to the resurrection: the inevitability of the judgment of God. Jesus rose not only to be Lord of His church, Jesus rose not only to be the life of His church, but Jesus rose to be the Judge of the world.

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