JESUS WAS THE PERFECT SACRIFICE
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
God Himself provided the only sacrifice (Jesus) who could atone for the sins of His people. God’s perfect Son fulfilled God’s perfect requirement of God’s perfect law.
Without the sacrificial death of Christ, we would still be in our sins, unforgiven, unredeemed, unsaved, and unloved. But, thank God, the story of Jesus Christ did not end with His death.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (NIV) says “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead. But He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
JESUS IS ALIVE AND WELL
In John 14:19 (NIV), Jesus said “Because I live, you also will live.”
If Christ was not physically raised from the dead, He would have been just another false prophet to be ignored. We ourselves would have no hope of resurrection and all believers should be pitied. Without the resurrection, we are still sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. With His resurrection, we have a living Lord, faithful to His Word.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (NIV) says “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory'. 'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'”
Romans 4:25 (NIV) says “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (NIV) says “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.”
And In Matthew 28:6 (NIV), the angel said “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN!
As Believers, because He lives, we can face tomorrow with all its uncertainties knowing we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
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