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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 2: 16-17 “…they asked His disciples: ‘Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ “

As His ministry became more well-known, Jesus became more popular among the social outcasts.  Why?  Because He wasn’t concerned about maintaining His squeaky clean image, or only being seen with the right people.  Jesus went where the need was.  So here we find Jesus at a large banquet made up of every kind of questionable personality and reputation.  But He looked beyond the person and saw their potential… and wasn’t afraid to go where they lived.  You won’t find the healthy in the hospital…you’ll only find the sick.  Just as you won’t find most lost sitting in the pews on Sunday.  As Christians, we need to be willing, just like Jesus, to go where the need is.

Hebrews 3:12 ” See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

Turning away from the Lord can be very subtle.  Every time I tell myself that I believe God…but then in the next breath lament that I’m not worthy enough to be used by Him…I’m turning away.  Or every time I’m confronted by God’s truth and I distance myself rather than allow His truth to change me…I’m turning away.  The deception of sin will always be veiled in mistrust and disobedience.

Matthew 15:19 ” For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

When Jesus spoke of man’s corrupt, sinful nature He always addressed it in its ultimate result.  For example, Jesus never warned us that we must not covet because it might lead to stealing…He said rather, You  must not covet because it is stealing.  The same goes for all the fleshly appetites and passions that come from our human nature.   If you think it – Jesus says you’ve already done it in your heart…from lust to murder.  For anytime we allow fantasy to fill our mind instead of truth, our flesh is winning.

Proverbs 1:10 ” My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.”

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to not go along with the crowd.  Sure, the peer pressure is strong, and we want to fit in and not seem odd…but we also realize what the crowd is about to do is just plain wrong.  Deuteronomy 13:8 tells us to not yield to or even listen to the enticements from those who are sinning.  And the old excuse of, “Everybody’s doing it!”  can’t stand up to the truth if it goes against the word of God.  For any words of persuasion, guilt, or deception we hear will never change wrong into right.

I John 1:8-9 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Genesis 39:7-9 ” Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ “

This Scripture specifically deals with immorality and adultery…but in the bigger picture, it deals with sin against God.  Have you ever considered that every time you sin – you’re  defying God to His face?  For every time you allow evil to reign in your life, you’re in direct opposition to God and rebelling against Him.  Joseph understood that giving into a temptation was a sin…but that sin isn’t self contained…for no matter how hidden we think it is, others will be affected by our lack of judgement.   And ultimately, Joseph knew he would be sinning against  God.