He is alive!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)
The resurrection of our Lord was the greatest single act in the history of the world. No other person on Earth has ever been raised from the dead under their own power. But Jesus’ resurrection has even more importance in that it made possible the salvation of the world. This single event opened the door to eternal life for anyone willing to put his trust in Jesus Christ. Please note the following:
John 11:25-26 (NLT) 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. 26 They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?”
Jesus is telling us that He has conquered death and the grave. And even should we die physically, we will only sleep, for when He returns we are going to be caught up from the grave to be with Him eternally. It doesn’t get any better than that!
1 Corinthians 15:21-24 (NLT) 21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 22Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 23But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. 24 After that the end will come, when He will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind.
The importance of Jesus’ resurrection goes a step further. If He had not gotten up from the grave, our salvation would be worthless. Without hope for eternal life with Him our existence here on Earth would simply be empty and futile. But because of His triumphant ascension on Resurrection Morning some 2000 years ago, believers now have everlasting life living inside of us! Praise Almighty God!
1 Corinthians 15:12-21 (NLT) 12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? 13For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. 15And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. 18In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! 19And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.
Thank God for the hope that we have. It becomes a source of encouragement when we are in the midst of a storm. When life deals us one devastating blow after another we can take comfort in knowing that our lives are not futile, our failures are not fatal and most importantly, our deaths are not final.
1 Thessalonians 4:15 -18 (NLT) I can tell you this directly
from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns
will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.
16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a
commanding shout, with the call of the archangel,
and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians
who have died will rise from their graves. 17Then, together
with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth
will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air
and remain with him forever. 18So comfort and encourage
each other with these words.