Friday, April 6, 2012

What Does the Resurrection of Christ Mean to Me?

What difference would it make if Jesus of Nazareth is dead or alive? 

"According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words."(1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)

If Jesus wasn't raised, our faith would be useless... We would be false witnesses for God, because we have been telling others that Christ has been risen from the dead... When Christ died for us, he took our sins... Those who have died in Christ would be lost... In this life we have only one hope and that hope is in Christ Jesus... Paul declares in (1 Cor. 15:14-20), “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep”
So what does it mean by the Resurrection of Jesus Chris? Jesus came into this world to die for our sins... On the first Good Friday, Jesus was crucified... His disciples then buried His body in the tomb...

There are many people who don't beleive in the resurrection of Christ... Even in the New Testament there are people who refused to believe... I was searching the net to find more information about this and I found this interesting...  I'm thankful for copy and paste :) 

Therefore, unbelief in the resurrection is not a recent idea, but especially beginning in the latter part of the seventeenth century, some in the church began to question putting faith in miracles, particularly in the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ. In England deists like John Toland refused to believe in the resurrection. Rationalists like H. S. Reimarus refused to believe in miracles, and questioned the authority of the Bible and the church. The theologian David Strauss systematically denied any miracles in his work, Life of Jesus, and in the twentieth century Karl Barth, along with Rudolf Bultmann, also denied the resurrection of the body. Today most liberal churches deny the resurrection as well as any miracle as recorded in the New Testament. 

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
- 1 Corinthians 15:22

So how does the resurrection affect me and you? 

Personally speaking, it means to me that when Christ died on the cross, He died for my sins... My body will die, but death is temporary... It means that even though I'm no where near perfect, my sins have been forgiven because Jesus paid the price for my sins when He died on the cross... We are all born into sin and there is a penalty for sin... Jesus paid the price...

We Are The Reason He Died Video 

What is “salvation”? I found this perfect description online... He worded it perfectly... Its on a website called Truth or Tradition... Out of all the websites about Salvation, I think this one makes it easy to understand... And Salvation is easy... God made it easy since Jesus paid the ransom for us... What a great gift that is... Is that a gift that you are willing to accept?

The Bible uses the word “saved” to refer to people who are “rescued” from eternal death by receiving the gift of everlasting life. When a person who cannot swim falls into the water, he yells, “Save me,” meaning “rescue me.” That is what “saved” means. It means to be “rescued” from eternal death.
Every human being is born into sin and death and has subsequently sinned against God by breaking His laws. Therefore, every person needs to be rescued (“saved”) from the penalty of that sin. Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life....” Your sins have earned you death, but salvation from the power of sin and death is available through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." When one is "saved," he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is what it means to be "born again" spiritually. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ we see the clear demonstration of the power of the true God. Ephesians 1:19-21 tells us that it is the power of our heavenly Father that raised Jesus Christ from the dead 
  • My salvation and your salvation depends on our faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ... In Romans 10:9, we are shown what we need to do to be saved... It says that “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This means that you cannot be a Christian unless you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrates to us that all the teachings of Jesus Christ are true. Everything Jesus taught was true, including his great promise in John 6:40, “Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Jesus’ teachings concerning his person, his work, heaven, hell, and the future judgment are all true. 
  • Our own resurrection depends completely on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:14: “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” The power for our Christian life in the present is the power of his resurrection. We read about this in Ephesians 1:19-21, as well as in Romans 6:4: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
  • The resurrection of Jesus is a proof of future judgment. Now that may not sound all that exciting, but it's something we need to know. We live in a world, where justice is often perverted and neglected. We look at things that happen and say, "How can that be? How could that happen?" The Resurrection means, among other things, that God's justice will ultimately prevail.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let it be known to me the end reaction to what was done by Him 2,000 years ago! Set me Free from all the ills of this world and from the ills of my own errors! What does it mean simply put it means I know I must give THANKS GIVING To God and HIS SON FOR THE EVER LASTING LIFE, I NOW HAVE! Thank You God for now I know! God so loved the world that He gave is ever begotten son that I might have eternal life! Thats what it means to me personally! And to all who know what it means to them!

God Bless,
David aka Rabbin