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Today is Resurrection Sunday. ~ He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
For our final video in the Easter series, let’s consider how Jesus’ Resurrection gives us three wonderful assurances:
1. Assurance that Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted by God and sufficient to cover our sin.
He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
~ Romans 4:25
How would we ever know that Jesus did indeed pay for our sins if He didn’t rise again?
His resurrection gives us the peace that God accepted His sacrifice as the payment for our sins.
2. Assurance that we who’ve trusted in Jesus will be resurrected in the last days
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
~ Matthew 27:50-53
Jesus wasn’t the only one to be resurrected at that time. Who knew? Okay, everyone who’s read the book of Matthew, but it’s still amazing.
God raised many saints back to life, pointing forward to the last days when Jesus will return for His church.
We who’ve trusted in Jesus can look forward with assurance that we’ll be raised up in the twinkling of an eye.
Our resurrected bodies will never die and never sin. Can I get an AMEN to that?!
Behold! I tell you a mystery.
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
3. Assurance that no matter what we’ve done, we can be restored into a right and welcome relationship with Christ
The last words Jesus may have heard from Peter before His death were, “I do not know the man!”
How could Peter expect that Jesus would ever forgive or accept him after he’d denied knowing Jesus three times?
Why should we expect Jesus to accept us after what we’ve done?
We don’t deserve grace — no one does — and yet, Jesus freely gave it to Peter. Jesus’ embracing Peter back into a right and close relationship with Him was the assurance we need that He will also accept us if we turn away from our sin and turn toward Him and surrender.
Let’s be like Peter and jump out of the boat and swim to Jesus. He’s waiting.
And He is Risen. He is risen indeed!
If you missed any of the other videos, here they are: