Saturday, June 9, 2018

His Resurrection is our Assurance

Imagine what the Bible would be like if we cut out all of the references that deal with Christ’s resurrection. It would be no different from other religious records which detail the lives and deaths of their founders. The difference here is that the Scriptures record not only the life and death of Jesus Christ but also His resurrection as the living Savior.

The difference between being followers of Christ and followers of other gods is that we serve a living God. Jesus’ resurrection validated everything He said, and that is the reason we believe everything He said about Jehovah God.

The only people in the world who have a God who can deliver them from their distresses are those of us who have trusted in Jehovah, the living God; and we have been introduced to Him by the living, resurrected Christ. If Jesus Christ had not risen from the dead, what assurance would you and I have that Jehovah God even existed?

Christ’s resurrection assures us that we have eternal salvation. Other religions have their plans of salvation, but here is the difference: Other religions major on performance. Their salvation depends upon what they do as individuals.

When Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished,” that was His declaration that His part in God’s redemptive plan was completed. When God the Father raised Him from the dead, that was God’s declaration that the plan was in full effect—and now all men everywhere are invited for the forgiveness of their sins.

God validated His plan of salvation with the resurrection of Christ. Jesus made ours a “know so” faith. His resurrection proved forever that everything He promised He had the power to provide. Apart from the Resurrection, you wouldn’t have that assurance. You would face death and God with only a “hope so” faith.

Those who do not understand the atonement of Jesus Christ only hope that God will accept them. The resurrection of Jesus Christ assures us that you and I can face all of our tomorrows triumphantly.

Jesus said to Mary and Martha: “He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Jesus has become our life! Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

None of us knows what tomorrow holds for us. It could be tragedy or triumph. It could be sickness or health, poverty or prosperity, fame or the opposite. But we have the blessed promise of Jehovah God through His Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous One.