As I sat listening to today’s sermon at Soul Purpose Community Church, I felt compelled to share this recap with you because this message is foundational for followers of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Is Alive, Again!
The cornerstone of a Christian’s faith is the RESURRECTION of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single act in history that separates Christianity from every other religion, every other philosophy, and every other belief system in the world.
The great apostle Paul wrote, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Cor. 15:17, NKJV)
WHY THE RESURRECTION?
1) Only Jesus is God’s perfect sacrifice who could pay for our sins because He was God in the flesh and therefore had God’s holy nature.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14, NKJV)
2) It proves the sacrifice was accepted by God and that Jesus has power over death.
3) The resurrection restores mankind back to eternal life and from sin and death.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22, NKJV)
4) A monumental event demands a response:
“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
5) The resurrection empowers a new life and new choices:
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, NKJV)
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7:4, NKJV)
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:13-15, NKJV)
On a scale of 1-10, how would rate your allowing Christ complete control of life?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your fruit of the Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galations 5:22-23, NKJV)
1) The story behind the Resurrection Painting in the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas Texas – the largest mural ever of the resurrection
Blessings to allow Jesus to have complete control of your life!
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