God Made You Alive With Christ

By   •   March 31, 2011

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On the Saturday after Jesus was crucified, His followers must have felt utterly defeated. Meanwhile, the Pharisees felt they had silenced a critic, the Romans felt they had quashed a rebellion, and the governor had washed his hands of the whole affair.

Then Sunday morning dawned, the gravestone was rolled away, and history was turned inside out. The news–Jesus is alive!–was almost too good to be true. Yet it was undeniably true. So true that His disciples dedicated the rest of their lives to telling the whole world the Good News about Jesus Christ.

On the cross, He died for our sins.

In the tomb, He defeated death.

Nowhere else in this sin-sick world can we find such everlasting hope.

Modern medicine is wonderful–almost miraculous sometimes–but doctors will never defeat death. Now, some of us may live to be a hundred or more. My “Uncle” Bev Shea is 102 and just traveled to Los Angeles to receive a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Every day we have on this earth is a gift from God, but ultimately everyone has to be prepared to face death and judgment. Through the triumph of the cross and resurrection, Jesus has already dealt with both of those.

Unfortunately, multitudes of people who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are putting their hopes in the wrong places. In the secular West, we put our confidence in government and science. We define security in terms of money in the bank.

Globally, billions of people blindly follow religions that will never lead them to eternal life. In Egypt, a powerful group called the Muslim Brotherhood has a creed that says, “Islam is the solution.” Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet, but they do not believe He was crucified or resurrected.

Without that faith, their solution is completely futile. Apart from Christ, men everywhere are separated and alienated from God, without hope in this world or the next. The Apostle Paul wrote, “there is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus’ resurrection changes everything. Faith in Christ’s work on the cross brings forgiveness of sin and imputes God’s righteousness to us. Lost, sinful man is reconciled to God.

Just listen to Paul, who was brutally opposed to the Gospel until he encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. “If Christ has not been raised,” he wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

The resurrection assures Christians that we don’t have to fear the grave. “When you were dead in your sins … God made you alive with Christ” (Colossians 2:13).

©2011 BGEA

Scripture Quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ©2011.

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32 Comments

  1. Jule says:

    At Easter I often think of “Dayenu”, the song that is sung at the Jewish Passover. Dayenu is pronounced “da-yay-noo” and means “It would have been enough, and some verses are: “If He had split the sea for us and had not taken us through it on dry la

  2. Liz says:

    Amazingly simple, yet so foreign to many. Praise God for the sacrifice of His Son so that we may live!

  3. Eugene says:

    I like the message being rooted in the Bible and not made to fit a particular culture. It seems in western culture, the scripture is being used to help us succeed in specific areas. I'm hard pressed to find basic Bible salvation messages.

  4. Unyime says:

    The passion of Jesus Christ to take my place and die for me remain unexplainable to me because i do not deserve a bit of His love,but Christ died for me while i was yet a sinner..I'm forever grateful and I'll sing of His love and goodness forever.WORTHY'S THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR, FOREVER, AMEN.

  5. Paco says:

    Great! I like this kind of messages, little, but deeper and inspirational and useful to share the gospel. Blessings from México

  6. Jakkula says:

    This is very simple, meaningful and inspirational message. It gives hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless.

  7. CHARLIE says:

    My heavenly farther has allowed me 90+ years on this earth. I have seen so many good and bad things in my many years but with HIS love and blessings i have learned to always look for the good that our saviour gave us while here on this earth. Giving himself for our sins was a gift we should all thank and love him always for the eternal promise to be with him in heaven forever. Thank you Jesus, I love you!

  8. John says:

    The Sinfulness of man + the Cross and shed blood of Christ = the Grace of God and Salvation – any works. Now, there is a formula that will never fail. The way of the Cross will always lead home.

  9. Gadfly says:

    This article is wonderful. It certainly denounces liberal theological interpretations of the scriptures.

  10. Mike says:

    The Resurrection means I can keep on preaching until he comes