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
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
If you are saved, it is entirely of grace. Regardless how we might like to compare ourselves to other schmucks, we are merely redeemed schmucks. Each of us were once dead in sin, followers of Satan, and children of wrath. This is why grace is so amazing.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. ~ Ephesians 2:1-2
Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin not to grant us freedom to sin, just as antidotes are not made so we can indulge in poison. If one happily and lovingly yields himself to sin, such a person has a grave misperception of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Galatians 5:13-14
There are many people who “believe” in Jesus but who are not saved. They know many biblical teachings and that Christ died and arose—but they refuse to repent and follow Him.
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. ~ John 6:66
There are times when we have little to give. Yet, if surrendered to God, even our little can go a long way. A warm smile, sincere smile, a kind note, a hug, a conversation over coffee, a listening ear, or an acknowledgment of someone’s existence and worth can go a long way. Society tells us we need “stuff,” but it is the little things that give us purpose and hope.
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? ~ John 6:9
There are some who criticize Christians for declaring the exclusivity of Jesus Christ, yet have no problem with the exclusivity of universities, clubs, sororities, societies, and the like. Indeed, we proclaim the exclusivity of Christ, for only He has overcome death! Only through Him is there salvation. However, everyone is given an invitation, no one is excluded. But only faith in Him permits entrance into Heaven. Do not complain, there are many things in life that are exclusive that deny access to many.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Faith in Christ is not passively “believing” but pursuing and aligning one’s life to Him.
Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6
It is not simply reading the Bible that grows deep roots to faith but contemplating on its truth and the application of it.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. ~ Psalm 1:1-3