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Acts 2: 32 ” God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”

Here Simon Peter was boldly speaking to the gathered crowd of curious onlookers on the Day of Pentecost.  But what was the reason for his fearless and passionate speech?…he had seen the Lord.  For it tells us in Luke 24:36 that the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples.  They touched Him, ate with Him, and were never the same after witnessing the once lifeless body of their Lord now alive.  You can travel around the world and visit the tombs of other great religious leaders…but there is only one that is unoccupied…the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.

Mark 16:11 ” When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it.”

It could have been me doubting the unbelievable story the women were recounting about the empty tomb, the angels, and their words –  “He is Risen!”  Now we usually just give the apostle Thomas the bad rap of doubting the resurrection…but in Luke 24: 9-11 it tells us that when the women came back from the empty tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others…but no one believed them, for their words seemed like nonsense.   How many times had Jesus told the apostles about what was to happen?  How He must suffer, die, and then be raised from the dead three days later.  Still they did not believe it when it really happened.  Yes, I could have easily been among those doubters when the words, “He is risen!” echoed across that room.

I Peter 1:3 ” Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

What does it mean to you to be born again?  Maybe it’s been a long time since you even thought about it, especially if you’ve been a Believer for years.  When you said “Yes” to Jesus, you underwent spiritual rebirth.  What was once corruptible became incorruptible,  and passed from death unto life.  When we are born again, all is made new…for by God’s great mercy and the sacrificial blood of Christ, we are saved from our sins.  To be born again means we are truly a new  person standing before God…righteous and blameless in His sight.

II Samuel 22:21 ” The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me.”

It asks in Psalm 24:4, “Who may stand in His Holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol.”  To stand in the presence of the most Holy God is a place of reverence, but also refuge.  It’s a place of refreshment, rejoicing and reflection.  But it’s also a place of rebuilding and reconciliation.  Spend some time today in the Lord’s presence to fully experience His love, peace and perspective.

Philippians 3:10 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

To know the Lord Jesus Christ…is to live for Him.  And in knowing Him…we will become more and more like Him, for we conform ourselves to His image.  Knowing the Lord though is a life long journey of dying daily to our old self and deliberately becoming more like Him.  But in the end, when people look at us, they won’t see us…they’ll only see Jesus.

I Corinthians 15:42-44 ” So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown in a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. “

We all will face death some day.  Our fleeting life will succumb with our last breath…our earthly body will become an empty shell of what we once were.  But what is buried to decay, will be raised immortal…what goes down in shame, will come up in honor, authority, and holiness.