My Life in Zion

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My Easter Message: He is Risen!

Tomorrow is Easter, the day when we as Christians celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day, on more than any other during the whole year perhaps, when we focus upon the death of Jesus on the cross, and His suffering and sacrifice in our behalves. I am reminded of the oft quoted verse

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

As Christ hung on the cross at Golgotha almost two millenia ago, there hung above him a sign which said, “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS”. Upon seeing what it said a group of Pharisees approached the Roman Procurator, Pontius Pilate, requesting that the sign be taken down. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they had arranged for the innocent Jesus to die, they were now complaining about the official title given to the Roman prisoner sentenced to death. The Jews were incensed that in His dying moments Jesus would even mockingly be called their king.

I often think of that sign in association with the death of our Lord. “KING OF THE JEWS” it stated boldly. And why not? He was their king after all, whether they realized it or not. But they had been too caught up in their own ways to realize He was their king. They were so stuck on their old teachings, from prophets long ago, that they couldn’t even soften their hearts enough to study the prophecies in their own scripture. They knew what they knew, and the didn’t want to learn anymore. When Christ came and taught of a higher law, it offended them. When He called them hypocrites, it enraged them. They were so blinded by their own perception of  the prophecies of their Messiah that they couldn’t see the fulfillment of those very prophecies, even the Son of God, standing right before their eyes! Jesus, their King, their Messiah, had finally came, but they just didn’t recognize it. Their pride was their downfall.

There is a very powerful lesson to be learned in our day from their example.

Even after Jesus died, was buried in the sealed tomb, and then arose that first glorious Easter morning, they refused to believe that He was their king. The Sadducees didn’t even believe in a literal resurrection; so such talk of a risen Christ must have offended them more than any of the the other sects of Jews. Yet Christ had risen. Though dead, He now lived. He was the first fruits of them that slept. And in a glorious ministry of an extra forty days He walked with, talked with, taught, and appeared before hundreds of people.

Jesus Christ lived.

And my Easter message to you this year is that Jesus Christ still lives.

As the ancient Apostle Peter, who was asked of Jesus, “Whom say ye that I am?”, I can likewise testify by a power that is not flesh and blood that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. By the power which is the Holy Ghost I can say that I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father, and the only way by which we will ever gain eternal life. Always remember that the tomb was empty that Easter morning because He literally lives. God our Heavenly Father lives. And they love us so very much.

This Easter, no matter where you are, who you’re spending the day with, or what you’re doing, please take a moment to remember your Lord. I promise that He is there for you. Offer a prayer to our Heavenly Father. I know that He wants to hear from you. Even if you haven’t prayed in a long time, or even if you’ve never said a prayer before in your life, He wants to hear your voice. You are His child, and His love for you is infinite. No matter where you’re at in life, faithful Christian or the vilest of sinners, I testify and personally declare that there is a way up, a way back, a way to become what you were meant to be.

Our Savior takes away the sting that is in death. Through His Resurrection there is assurance that life is everlasting. Jesus Christ is the living witness that such is so.

This Easter remember that He lives, and that He lived, died, and rose again so that you might gain all that our Heavenly Father wants to give you. He is indeed our King.

Happy Easter friends.

I send you my love, and the love that the Lord has for you also.

Your friend,

Stan

Also, on behalf of the website BibleVideos.org please enjoy this short depiction of the first Easter, and feel free to share it with your friends and family.

To learn of how Jesus Christ has called Prophets in our own day and time please click here.

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