Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

Were You There?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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A famous African-American spiritual entitled, “Were You There” asks some very thought-provoking questions. This song is based on the following passage of scripture from Acts 2:23-24Acts 2:23-24
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23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay: 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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: “This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

First, the song asks if you were there when they crucified my Lord? Jesus was there. Pilate was there. But no, you were not there!

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree is the second question. Jesus was there suffering and carrying all the burden of our sins. Mary, his mother, was there enduring the grief and pain of seeing her son go through such suffering. But, yet she knew it was prophesied. Jesus’ disciples were there in total disbelief. A condemned thief was there totally believing in God’s mercy. But no, you were not there!

The next question is if you were you there when they laid Him in the tomb. Jesus was still there after experiencing the agony of torture all bloodied and lifeless. His disciple, Joseph, was there, burying Him. Pilate’s centurion guard was there; however, his attempt to guard against Jesus’ escape was unsuccessful. No, you were not there then either!

Finally, the spiritual asks if you were there when He rose up from the grave. Amidst the rumbling earthquake, you were not there but . . . neither was Jesus. Our Savior had risen! 

Hallelujah, the resurrection of Jesus witnesses the immense power of God himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. No one would be redeemed from sin had Christ not arose from the grave. Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead and will be resurrected unto eternal life. We can have that blessed hope. Although we were not physically there, we were there in Jesus’ thoughts and actions. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory over the grave for every believer.

HE LIVES!!!

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The Obituary of Jesus

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Have you ever seen the obituary of Jesus in the newspaper? He died many many years ago. In all of your reading have you ever heard the phrase “the late Jesus”? The heathens have not even uttered these words.

No, you have not and will not see his obituary because He is still alive and dwells among us!!

I Corinthians 15:20-22 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” We, too, even though we physically die can be alive in Christ.

Upon our physical death, our obituary will be published in the local newspaper. There will be displays of sorrow and grief from our family and friends because they will miss us. But we have the assurance that one day we will be in His presence if we have been born again to new life in Him. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5Romans 6:5
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5 For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;

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I’m ready. Are you?

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Easter Every Day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Do you know what Easter is all about? Do you realize what Jesus did for you? Pointed yet thought provoking questions. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25John 11:25
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25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live;

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As you begin to realize that on Easter (the resurrection of Jesus Christ) we celebrate the world’s most important miracle and glorious event in history, our hearts should be overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. Thus, we should celebrate Easter three hundred and sixty five days a year not just on its special designated day in our church.

What does His resurrection mean to you today? As the old song goes because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone because I know who holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives. John 14:19John 14:19
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19 Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also.

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b NAS states, “Because I live, you shall live also.”  Wow! Have you considered all that Christ did on your behalf?

Those “spiritual goose bumps” should be rejuvenating every part of you at this point. Christ gave us a victory that we did not earn or deserve, yet, it is ours to have. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him!

A thought to ponder: How can I make Easter more real and meaningful not only on Easter Sunday but every day of the year?

Enjoy the music by the Bill Gaither Vocal Band as they sing, “Because He Lives”.

Bill Gaither – Because He Lives

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My Easter Tribute

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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I wrote an Easter skit many years ago that was published in the Standard Easter Program Book, Standard Publishing Company, (1994) entitled “My Easter Tribute”.  The essence of the skit states that no matter what age you are there is something you can offer as a tribute to God.  What a great price He paid for our sins by His death and resurrection on the cross!

What can you bring?  Even though the skit is broken down into several generations and I only give one example of each age group, you must decide for yourself how you will pay tribute to our Lord and Savior not only during this special season but also throughout the year.

A little child is usually so expressive in showing love to others. This would be a good time for a youngster to let Jesus know how much they love him by singing the song, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”.  This can be done during the week leading up to Easter.  Even though they may not fully understand the magnitude of His death and resurrection, they can be taught of His love for them.

It is usually during the teenage years that a young person begins to develop his/her talents.  What a better way to utilize their talents than by ministering to others in a church setting.  As God gifts them, they can be taught to give Him the glory for what He has gifted them with and ways to use their talent(s) to please Him.

Young mothers are rather limited in time due to demands upon them by their family and friends.  They are cooking, cleaning, running errands, going to school events and generally keeping the household functioning.  Whew!  I am sure they must get exhausted.  I am tired just thinking of all the things I had to accomplish as a young mother.  This is a good time for a mother to stop and reflect on God’s goodness and determine to spend whatever time can be squeezed out of a day for Godly things.  A young father, as well, is busy with earning a living for the family and must pause once in a while to contemplate God’s care for his family and give of his limited time to God.

God deserves our praise.  What better way for a middle-aged adult to offer a tribute to God than by a continual offering of praise.  Your strength may be limited but praising our Lord is a way to express gratitude.

Perhaps as a Senior adult you cannot bend your arthritic knees to kneel or you cannot stand for extended periods of time. No matter what position you choose, offering prayers for other families in service to the Lord (e.g. missionaries, pastors) is vitally important.  What an important tribute.  God will reward your faithfulness.

We triumph today in His resurrection victory – Christ’s triumph over the grave!  When the stone was rolled away it proclaimed to all doubting men that in Christ all things live again. This truth reaches down throughout the ages to every generation and touches each of our hearts even today.

What tribute will you offer?


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