Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Resurrection Sunday - Join Us!

We invite you and your family to join us this Sunday morning, Resurrection Sunday, at Whitestone Christian Fellowship in Victor, NY.

I love the hope of the resurrection! I love the declaration the empty tomb makes that one day the dead in Christ will be raised unto eternal life, never to die again, never to be parted from one another again, never to say goodbye. Every tear wiped away, every sorrow swallowed up in everlasting joy.  

What a hope we have in Jesus! What a joyful hope we have in the Resurrected Christ! The tomb is empty, Jesus is risen! He has conquered death! And we have the promise of Jesus: all those who believe in him will never die, but one day will be resurrected to everlasting life.  

Jesus’ resurrection was a true and total defeat of death. As the Holy Son of God, Jesus overcame death once and for all, as Peter explained: “It was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). The triumphant, risen Christ said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:18). Keys are a symbol of authority.  Jesus is sovereign over death. Christ’s conquest of death was permanent and eternal.

Christ conquered death because He was sinless. The curse upon mankind in the Garden of Eden, brought about by their sin, was plainly stated: “You will certainly die” (Genesis 2:17). Ever since, we have seen the truth of Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” But Jesus Christ had no sin (1 Peter 2:22); therefore, death had no power over Him. Jesus’ death was a voluntary sacrifice for our sin, and, given His sinless perfection, His resurrection logically followed. “I lay down my life,” Jesus said, “only to take it up again” (John 10:17).

The fact that Christ has conquered death has eternal consequences for us. The good news—THE GOSPEL—is grounded in Christ’s victory over death. Without the resurrection, there is no gospel; indeed, there is no hope for us at all:
and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17). But Christ has risen, and, as fellow conquerors with Him, Christians “have passed from death to life” (1 John 3:14). Christ who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10).

The fact that Christ has conquered death means that believers have also been granted victory over death. We are “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Christ is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20), which means that Jesus’ resurrection is the first of many: believers who have “fallen asleep” (died) will be likewise resurrected. Jesus promised His followers, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).

Salvation is only available through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and there is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12). To trust in Jesus means to believe in Him for salvation (John 3:16). Our faith is focused on the person and work of Jesus Christ—we trust who He is and what He’s done. We trust that He is God made flesh (John 1:14) and that He died for our sins and rose from the dead. Salvation cannot be separated from the person and work of Jesus Christ.

If you choose not to believe, you choose to reject the greatest gift ever offered, and God will respect your choice. But I pray that you won't reject His gift. 

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