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02 July 2012

Your Relationship With God - 02 July

We’ve discovered that Jesus came to die in our place. We learned that without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. And we know that Jesus, once dead, came back to life on the third day. However, in Christ’s time as in ours, some people didn’t believe in the resurrection. If there was no resurrection, would our relationship and salvation be impacted?

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Cor 15:12-19 (KJV)

So if it’s not true: if Christ did NOT come back from the dead, we’re living a lie. Our faith is useless. Our testimony is useless. We still live an unforgiven life. We are most miserable.

Do you have friends who believe that Jesus was a good man? They are most miserable. Do you, yourself, think this way? You are most miserable. Or do you know that Jesus was resurrected? What’s the big deal with the resurrection anyway?

Jesus had a friend named Lazarus. He heard that Lazarus died. When he came to see Mary and Martha, he learned that Lazarus was very dead. He’d been in the tomb for four days. When Jesus tried to console the sisters, they both told Jesus that He had the power to bring their brother back to life. Jesus gave them an interesting reply:

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11:25-27 (ESV)

What an odd statement! If we believe in Jesus we will live even though we die, and if we live and believe in Him, we will never die! How do these verses impact your life? Please email me or leave a comment!

Have you received the free gift of salvation? Can you echo Martha’s words: “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”? If you’ve never received the free gift, it’s not difficult.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9, 10, 13 (ESV)

There’s no magic prayer. No combination of words. Nothing that you must do except confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead. That’s it. If you believe this, tell God. Ask Jesus into your heart. You know you’re a sinner. Tell Him! You know that Jesus wants you to turn from your sins. Tell Him that too! The prayer doesn’t have to be elaborate. God knows your heart.

If you’ve accepted this gift, TELL ME! Email me or leave a comment. Tell your friends. Tell the pastor. Rejoice that you are a new creature in Christ.

I will talk to all of you again on Wednesday, which is America’s Independence Day. See you then!

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