Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jesus is Alive!

Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” (Luke 24: 5-7)

The two angels (appearing as “men in clothes that gleamed like lightning”) asked the women why they were looking in a tomb for someone who was alive. Often we run into people who are looking for God among the dead. They study the Bible as a mere historical document and go to church as if going to a memorial service. But Jesus is not among the dead – He lives! He reigns in the hearts of Christians, and He is the head of His church. Do you look for Jesus among the living? Do you expect Him to be active in the world and in the church? Look for signs of His power – they are all around you.



We learn from Matthew and John that these two men in gleaming clothes were angels. When angels appeared to people, they looked like humans (Luke 24:23). The angels asked the women, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" The angels announced that Jesus was alive! Anointing Him would not be necessary. The angels reminded the women that Jesus had accurately predicted all that had happened to Him (Luke 9:22, 44; 18: 31-33).

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built; without it, there would be no Christian church today. Jesus’ resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various holy scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for His people and was raised again in power and glory to rule His church forever.

Why is the resurrection so important?

1) Because Christ was raised from the dead, we know that the kingdom of heaven has broken into earth’s history. Our world is now headed for redemption, not disaster. God’s mighty power is at work destroying sin, creating new lives, and preparing us for Jesus’ second coming.

2) Because of the resurrection, we know that death has been conquered, and we too will be raised from the dead to live forever with Christ.

3) The resurrection gives authority to the church’s witness in the world. Look at the early evangelistic sermons in the book of Acts: the apostles’ most important message was the proclamation that Jesus Christ had been raised from the dead!

4) The resurrection gives meaning to the church’s regular feast, the Lord’s Supper. Like the disciples on the Emmaus Road, we break bread with our risen Lord, who comes in power to save us.

5) The resurrection helps us find meaning even in great tragedy. No matter what happens to us as we walk with the Lord, the resurrection gives us hope for the future.

6) The resurrection assures us that Christ is alive and ruling His kingdom. He is not a legend; He is alive and real.

7) God’s power that brought Jesus back from the dead is available to us so that we can live for Him in an evil world.

Christians can look very different from one another, and they can hold widely varying beliefs about politics, life-style, and even theology. But one central belief unites and inspires all true Christians – Jesus Christ rose from the dead and He is Alive today! Amen.

References: NKJV Holy Bible, Life Application Bible (NIV), the Nelson Study Bible.

13 comments:

Mumsy, Chancy and Co. said...

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter! Hugs and blessings

Gorges Smythe said...

May God bless you and yours this Resurrection Day!

middle child said...

AMEN!

Ian Curtis said...

Because Jesus rose from the dead and our faith is in a living Christ, we know that we too will be raised from the dead to newness of life; this is certainly something to rejoice about! God bless on this day of reflection, LLoyd. Your ministry is valued by me, and I have often been refreshed coming hear you. I look forward to the day when we can talk face to face; even if that is on the other side of this life. May the comfort of Christ abound to you, brother.

Michael said...

Dear Lloyd,

I would like to start by asking you two questions. One: Can you can give an accurate definition of the phrase: "Lamb of God"? We all know that this is one of the names used for Jesus, like Messiah, Savior, Son of Man, or Christ.

But exactly what is the importance of the name "Lamb of God"? And why is it important to me as a Catholic? The second question I would like to ask you is: Why the Catholic Church would offer The Holy Eucharist every day at every Mass throughout the world in over 3000 languages.

What knowledge do they have that would make them feel compelled to do this for thousands of years? In answering this question, we'll see why the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.'" (CC 1324)

For more information on Jesus New Covenant and how everything ties together -- Passover Meal -> Manna -> Prophecy of the New Covenant -- go to The 4th Cup.com and watch the video! You can also read along while the video is playing.

a39greenway said...

SCRIPTURE IS NOT SUBJECT TO PRIVATE INTERPRETATION

"True knowledge is [that which consists in] the doctrine of the apostles, and the ancient constitution of the Church throughout all the world, and the distinctive manifestation of the body of Christ according to the successions of the bishops, by which they have handed down that Church which exists in every place, and has come even unto us, being guarded and preserved without any forging of Scriptures, by a very complete system of doctrine, and neither receiving addition nor [suffering] curtailment [in the truths which she believes]; and [it consists in] reading [the word of God] without falsification, and a lawful and diligent exposition in harmony with the Scriptures, both without danger and without blasphemy; and [above all, it consists in] the pre-eminent gift of love, which is more precious than knowledge, more glorious than prophecy, and which excels all the other gifts [of God]." Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 4,33:8 (inter A.D. 180-199).

The Angulo's said...

He's alive! Amen! Thanks for your message.

I am so blessed that my friends finally came to church with us today. God is alive and active in the world today...yes He is!!!

Many blessings again back to you and yours, Lloyd.

WORLASI said...

I just love your conclusion. We come from different countries, eat various types of food etc but I agree with you there is ONE CENTRAL BELIEF and that is Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and He rose on the third day which gives us hope.

Wishing you and the family the best this Easter and thank you for your blessed comment on my blog.

Lloyd said...

Michael - First of all I would like to thank you for your visit and comments. It is always a pleasure to have you visit my blog. Your knowledge of the RCC doctrines and catechisms are very impressive and I am sure that your love for our Lord and Savior is great. However, as I have explained to you many times in the past…..this is not a blog where we will engage in debates over issues that neither one of us can agree upon. I will ask you a question Michael….Is it well with your soul? May our Lord continue to bless you my Roman Catholic friend.

Lloyd said...

A39greenway – As I have mentioned to Michael, I welcome your visit and comments. I will pray that the Spirit of God will work in your life so that you will know the truth of the Gospel. Please read the sidebar posts on Bible interpretation. God bless, Lloyd

dfish said...

Acts 17:31 defines how important the resurrection is. "Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Those who don't believe in a literal resurrection have nothing to be assured of. Thanks for a great reminder.

Fresh Garden said...

Very inspiring, Lloyd.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Every moment, thank God.

JT said...

He is alive. God Bless You.