Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Raised Up with Christ

on April 19, 2014

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Happy Resurrection Day! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His sacrifice on the cross, his suffering and pain. Praise Him that He bore the weight of our sin and faced the death that should have been ours. Praise Jesus that on the third day He was victorious over death and rose from the grave! What joy! What wonder! What glory and majesty! What love!

As I celebrate Resurrection weekend with my family, we keep Jesus as the center and focus of our festivities. Even in Easter egg hunts and baskets, we are always reinforcing to our daughter what we celebrate and worship the Lord for what He has done. We praise Him because He’s alive and because He’s alive, we too shall live! That’s the thing that hits me hard as we meditate on the cross and resurrection. You see, when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we are also celebrating our own. We too will be raised up with Christ! We too have new life in Him. We were dead in our sins and transgression and we crucified the flesh and was buried with Christ. The old, dead person was buried in that grave, but as Christ broke the chains of death and rose in glory, we experienced His glory washing over us and giving us newness of life.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14

Oh friends, how can we read these verses and not praise Him? How can we read these words and not weep for joy and fall on our knees before our God? Look what Jesus has done? He faced death, conquered the grave and rose from the dead so that we too may live!

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then the Bible says you are dead in your sins. We have all been there. Before I committed my life to Jesus I was dead inside. Then I gave my life to Christ, He washed me clean from my sins and I was born again as a new creature in Him. Because He lives, I live! If you don’t know Jesus, I pray that this Easter you will turn your heart towards Him. Here’s what the Bible says to you:

* Jesus loves you, even before you love Him. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

* You are a sinner. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all menfnbecause all sinned—” Romans 5:12

* The wages of sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

* You need forgiveness. “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

* Jesus offers salvation to the repentant. “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

* You are born again in Christ. – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.fn The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

* You have eternal life. ““For God so loved the world,fn that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

Today I’m filled with hope. I know that no matter what hardships I face, no matter how many times I mess up, no matter what comes my way, I am saved in Christ Jesus. He has died for me and rose again, and in His resurrection I am raised up as well. I am no longer that old, dead soul with no purpose and no hope. I am new and alive and will live forever with my Lord. I am so blessed. If you don’t know Jesus Christ today, don’t wait another minute to turn your heart to Him. Believe. God is real and He wants a relationship with you. Pray. Speak from your heart. There are no magic words. You just confess that you believe, that you are sorry for your sins, that you want new life in Him, and give Him the reigns of your life. Trust me, you’ll never be the same again and you will know the joy and peace of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is alive! My Savior lives! Because He lives, I live! I’ll never stop proclaiming it! May you have a wonderful Resurrection celebration and may the Lord God of the Bible be glorified!

 

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