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EASTER: VICTORY ON TWO FRONTS

To be honest, I prefer Easter to Christmas. Christmas can be a bit overly sentimental, but Easter is blood and guts, do or die, death and life stuff. Easter is not for the fainthearted because on that first Holy Week, God took out two of humanity’s greatest enemies: sin and death. On Good Friday, God defeated sin by sending His Son Jesus to die on the Cross thereby granting forgiveness to all who believe in His substitutionary sacrifice. And three days after his burial, God defeated death by raising His Son from the dead thereby assuring life beyond death for all who believe. Jesus’ return to life after three days is the beachhead which secures ultimate victory for His children when our earthly lives are over.

What a double victory! Death to sin and death to death! Sin can be forgiven and death need not be feared any longer – how amazing is that!  James Packer says,

“Alone among the world’s faiths and “isms”, Christianity views death as conquered. For the Christian faith is hope resting on fact – namely the fact that Jesus rose bodily from the grave and now lives eternally in heaven. The hope (or assurance) is that when Jesus comes back, he will “change our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). This applies to all who have died in Christ as well as Christians alive at his appearing. And the raising of the body means the restoring of the person – not just part of me, but all of me – to active, creative and undying life, for God and with God.” (J I  Packer: I Want To Be A Christian, 1977 Kingsway).

Are you apprehensive that your sins mount up against you day after day with no relief of forgiveness? Jesus died to forgive you. Go to Him. Are you afraid of death? Jesus rose three days after he died and was buried, after which “he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” (I Cor 15:5f). Trust in Him. Realize that you are helpless against these two enemies: and receive God’s amazing provision.

Over 500 people could not have had the same hallucination at the same time – that would have been an even greater miracle than the Resurrection! Interesting that this passage describes death as those who have “fallen asleep”. The clear implication is that if they fell asleep, they will one day awake, and that is exactly what the Bible teaches: we who believe in Jesus will be resurrected to enjoy a glorious, inseparable, indestructible life with God eternally. 

May these assurances transform your Easter holiday into a “holy day” - one of joy, praise and unending gratitude to our marvellous God!

Pastor Graham

 

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“Like a tree planted by
streams of water,
which yields its fruit in 
season” 

(Psalm 1:3)

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