Christ has risen from the dead. And because he lives, we who know him shall live also. In the resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and is alive forever. All over the world, churches are filled with worshipers because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem.
Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)
Long ago Job asked, “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job l4:14) We expect death, but we always have a glimmer of hope that medical science will discover something that will keep us alive a little longer.
Death carries with it a certain dread. It has always been the enemy, the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear.
In a discussion of death, the Bible always links it with sin, saying that “the sting of death is sin.” (1 Corinthians l5:56) The Bible also says that “sin came into the world through one man (Adam) and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
Death stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, colour or creed. Its shadow haunts us day and night. We never know when the moment of death will come for us.
Is there any hope? Is there a possibility of immortality?
I take you to an empty tomb in the garden of Joseph of Aramathea. Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome had gone to anoint the body of the crucified Christ. They had been startled to find the tomb empty. An angel sat on the stone by the door of the tomb and said, “I know that ye seek Jesus.” (Matthew 28:5) Then the angel said, “He is not here: for he is risen.” (Matthew 28:6) The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, as he had promised. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation. The Bible says, “If we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to Job’s great question of the ages: “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job l4:14) The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live.(John 14:19) The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you too will die but can rise again into newness of life.
CHRIST IN YOU
The resurrected Christ lives today, but in another very real sense: in the heart of every true believer. Though Jesus is in his glorified body in heaven, yet through the Holy Spirit he dwells in the heart of every Christian. The Scripture says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) The Christ of God, in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” (Colossians 2:9) lives within the hearts of people. This is a mystery that is beyond comprehension and yet is gloriously true.
Allow the resurrected Christ to allocate your time as his own; to control your money as his own; to energize your talents, your zeal and your ability with his resurrected life; to have complete right-of-way throughout your being. He does not want an apartment in your house. He claims your entire home from attic to cellar.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Not only does the resurrection give us hope of immortality but it also provides Life with a capital “L” here and now.
Before the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives. The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead on the first Easter will raise us from the dead if the Spirit lives in us. (Romans 8:11) Call upon his resources.
Scripture teaches, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31) The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
GIVE HIM YOUR LIFE
On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. That fact is a guarantee that the atoning work of Christ on the cross was acceptable to God in your place. Now you need to receive him and to believe on him. If you will put your trust in him by faith, the resurrected Christ will go with you through disappointments, tragedies and trials, through all the circumstances of life.
First, you need to renounce your sins. Second, by faith receive him as your Saviour. Will you let the resurrected Christ come to live in your heart today?