Jesus is alive! It is not a rumor, myth, lie, or wishful thinking. This Lord's Day we will commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is why we gather on the first day for worship each week. God's people celebrate the greatest event of human history!
Because He lives we are blessed with PEACE, "Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' ... So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you!'" (John 20:19, 21a). Because of the finished work of Christ, sinners can have peace with God. Because of the living presence of Christ, saints can know the peace of God.
Because He lives we are blessed with PRAISE, "When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord." (v.20). The despair and tears of death have been overcome by the delight and triumph of resurrection. His people will praise Him in heaven forever!
Because He lives we are blessed with PURPOSE, "So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.'" (v.21). The grave is not the end. Our life has purpose. Christ's mission is our mission--to tell the good news!
Because He lives we are blessed with POWER, "And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" (v.22). The Risen and Ascended Lord has poured out His Spirit on the church to empower us for our service.
Because He lives we are blessed with PROCLAMATION, "'If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" (v.23). In the authority of the Resurrected Christ we can proclaim God's forgiveness for those who believe in Him and confess Him as Lord.
Because He Lives,
Dennis Thurman, Mission Strategist