Hope in Christ

Published March 24, 2013

Easter; as a believer and follower of Christ, this is the greatest and most important event in all of history! Of all celebrations observed, the celebration of Easter, for me personally, is by far the most exciting of all. Easter is also the very foundation of my Christian faith, and it is on this foundation, that I and the church stand.

Easter is the greatest test of faith there is to the Christian!  If Christians cannot, or does not, stand on the belief that God has the power to raise Christ from the dead, then indeed, as the Apostle Paul says, “our faith is futile and we are to be pitied!”

1 Corinthians 15

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The Resurrection of Christ

 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”

Though the unsaved may not readily admit it, they have a great fear of death, and they too, have a hope for something better beyond the grave. Christians, I pray we stand firm on our belief in the resurrection, and our steadfastness in this faith, will give hope to the unsaved.

This Easter, will you ask God for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to boldly claim His message of life after death, through the shed blood, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

And for the reader of this blog, who does not yet have the assurance of a new and better life after death, call upon the name of Jesus, admit you are a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ as the son of God died for your sins, and confess your need for a Savior, found only in Jesus Christ.

John 11:25-26

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25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die…..

Rev. David (Dave) Larsen

 

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