“Christ has Risen !!” 4/16/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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                                              He has Risen indeed!:

 

                               Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @                                                      www.Godsmanforever.com

                                           (revised from 3/27/2016)

                  “Christ has Risen !!”

Matthew 28:5-7…   But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,  for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”  (ESV)

Can you imagine how Mary Magdalene felt when she got to Jesus’ tomb, and He was gone ??  Had Jesus’ body been stolen ??  We see in the opening scripture, that the angel gave the women the great news !!  She and Mary, (called the other Mary, in…Matthew 28:1), left the tomb with fear and great joy; and ran to tell Jesus’ disciples this great news that He is risen (Matthew 28:8)…  We read in the Book of Mark, that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9), and when she returned to tell Jesus’ disciples the good news, at first they did not believe…Mark 16:10

As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection today, on this Resurrection Sunday…many of us will have already heard the gospel (meaning “Good News”) message of our Lord Jesus Christ, that was shared this past Good Friday in memorial services everywhere…  And this “Good News” message of the cross will be shared again today, in many churches throughout the world…  Jesus’ defeat of death and Satan as Jesus rose from the grave, has given hope to all of those who have been graced by God with salvation through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ…Ephesians 2:8-9

Did you hear this message of the cross, and praise God for sending His Son Jesus to be the propitiation for your sins ??…

1 John 4:10… In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (ESV)

All of us are sinners from birth (Romans 3:23)…ever since Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent (Satan) in the Garden of Eden, as recorded in…Genesis 3…  And Satan still has many people blinded today, who do not believe or understand this message of the cross…

2 Corinthians 4:3-4…  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (ESV)

None of us will ever be good enough in God’s eyes, because of anything we do on our own, to be deemed righteous enough to enter heaven (Isaiah 64:6)…no matter how much church we attend…no matter how many good works we do in the name of the Lord (Matthew 7:21-23)…or no matter how good of a person we are…  This is why God had to send His Son, the only sinless Man to ever walk the face of the earth…to take upon Himself the sins of those who are first drawn in by God the Father (John 6:44)…and graced with salvation…

God uses His redeemed children to share this message of the cross to those in need of hearing this “Good News” gospel  message of our Lord Jesus Christ…  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God…

Romans 10:15 & 17…   And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)

If you believe you are a Christian headed for heaven, because of anything you have done in your own strength…then you are still probably blinded by Satan, and this message of the cross will be foolishness to you…

The apostle Paul tells us this, in…1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (NKJV)

The apostle Paul goes on to tie in “those who are perishing”, with those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, because they have not understood and obeyed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the following scripture, in…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (NKJV)

My friends, if you heard the gospel “Good News” message of the cross…and it still seems like foolishness to you…then please speak to a believer that will be able to sit down with you, and explain this “Good News” message of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  But you must understand that God wants you to come to Him with godly sorrow for your lifetime of sins, with a repentant and contrite heart….seeking Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior with  ALL of your heart…ALL of your mind…and ALL  of your soul…  (See note at the end for more on God’s grace through saving faith in Jesus Christ)…

Heavenly Father, we thank You so very much for sending us Your only Son Jesus Christ, to take on the past, present and future sins of Your redeemed children…and replace those sins with the perfect righteousness of Your Son Jesus Christ…2 Corinthians 5:21…  I pray Father, that You would draw those in need of Your saving grace to Yourself (John 6:44), and that through Your good news message of the cross, unbelievers would look to Christ and repent of their sins to receive a regenerated heart, that is filled with the love of Your Son Jesus Christ…  We thank You Lord for what this Resurrection Sunday truly means…and I pray for lives to be transformed by Your grace and Your mercy, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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