Easter Sunday 2011

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Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heart of Christianity. In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. . . .We are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.”

If we believe in the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament, what significance does the resurrection have for us?

  1. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we see the clear demonstration of the power of the true God. Ephesians 1:19-21 tells us that it is the power of our heavenly Father that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
  2. Our salvation depends on our faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Romans 10:9, we are told how to be saved. It says that “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This means that you cannot be a Christian unless you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This should tell us that even if some people are in churches, if they reject the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they are not Christians.
  3. The resurrection of Jesus Christ secured our justification. “Christ died for our sins and he was raised for our justification,” Paul says in Romans 4:25.
  4. Our own resurrection depends completely on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:14: “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

His resurrection symbolizes the fact that while we were born into sin, we could be born again from our dead lifestyle. We can bury the past mistakes and failures and have our own personal resurrection into a new life.

But to be more specific, what dreams or desires or talents have your buried that need to be raised from the dead in your life?

Just as Christ was raised from the dead, we have some dead dreams in us that need to be brought back to life. They were dreams we had years ago that over time we continued to push deeper and deeper into the grave of no hope. Our dreams could be the key to a more fulfilling life if we raise them from the dead.

Some of us need to resurrect a new attitude on life. Although things may be rough, it’s not as bad as the next man so we need to look at things more optimistically. Being cynical is not a healthy way to live. We have to raise up a better way of looking at life.

Whatever your gifts, talents, skills or dreams are that are living in you that need to be resurrected, do it now! Raise them up to die no more and live a triumphant life!

May God give us faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and particularly in the fact that God raised him from the dead. May we come to know that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and there is no other. May we all remember that Jesus is the Judge whom we will all face one day. Christ is Risen Alleluia, Alleluia!