The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Christianity. The apostle Paul states that apart from the resurrection our faith is meaningless. The resurrection is neither allegorical or symbolic, but literal! Jesus bore our sins on the cross, yes. But the grave could not hold Him! Death could not defeat Him! Our King is alive forevermore!
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:14, 20
Jesus was not killed by the authority of men, but He yielded His life willingly to pay the debt of our sins. Likewise, Jesus is not driven out of the schools and public places by the sheer authority of men. He merely permits it. Just as surely He arose from the dead, He is also going to return. The real question is this: Will you know Him as your Savior and King or will you know Him as your Judge? He paid for our sins once, but He will not pay a second time.
I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. ~ John 17:18
What a sad commentary concerning modern Christendom, when ministers do not preach the whole counsel of God for fear someone might be offended. Yet, is there any fear of God being offended?
For fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. ~ John 12:42-43
Our society talks a lot about “social justice,” all the while continuously dishing out further injustice. This is not surprising, since Jesus, who taught and modeled perfect love and compassion, is mocked in Hollywood, despised in our universities, denied in Washington, and is cursed on the streets. Why? What injustice has He done? Why is He so despised?
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? ~ Luke 23:39-40
Faith in Christ is not simply about going to church (although this is important) or doing a bunch of religious activities. Christianity is about knowing God, and it is in knowing Him we are changed. How easily we are distracted by this foundational truth.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. ~ John 17:3
Of course you and I are not “perfect,” but for far too long Christians have been saying this to justify sinfulness and shortcomings. No, we are not perfect, but we can honestly own up to our shortcomings. We are not perfect, but we should steadily be maturing and changing from glory to glory, day by day becoming more like Jesus. By His grace we have come so far, but let us not settle for mediocrity. In the words of Oswald Chambers, let us give our utmost for His highest.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14
Society mocks integrity, virtue, chastity, and morals while applauding deception, vice, indulgence, and impurity. Then it is perplexed as to why there is so much chaos, division, violence, and dysfunction.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools. ~ Romans 1:22
Perhaps we are most like the ungodly when we are ungrateful. Contrary to popular belief, no one owes us anything—especially God! Yet, how many of us are blessed by God, as well as the work and kindnesses of others? Productivity, a warm hello, a helping hand, a good meal, etc. Even “self-made” persons do not make their buildings, cars, computers, phones, etc. Others did. Others’ giftings are often gifts to us, and all these come from God. What insolent arrogance when we think we are above displaying gratitude.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him. ~ Romans 1:21
It is difficult being a parent. Sometimes we can be too harsh, and other times too lenient. Sometimes we mean well, only to have everything blow up in our faces. Still, other times everything seems disastrous, but miraculously things come together. Mom, Dad, our kids make mistakes and need our grace. We make mistakes too and need God’s grace. Breathe. You will never love your kiddos more than God loves you.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” ~ Romans 8:15
Many say, “Christians are all hypocrites” as a reason for not following Christ, but it is not a legitimate one. No one is called to take up his cross and follow after Christians, but Christ alone. One will not find hypocrisy in Him.
What is that to you? You follow me! ~ John 21:22