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The Reality of the Resurrection

25 Apr

“Oh death, where is your sting?”…  Today, as I read 1 Corinthians 15, I began thinking on the reality of the ressurection.  Having just ended the season where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I am not content to just leave that truth bottled up in one Sunday.  Paul does a great job in 1 Cor. 15 explaining how the resurrection is an all or nothing proposition:  You either believe it in and it is the foundation of your faith in Christ or you are wasting your time with all this church stuff!  I think most of us understand that.  But I am not quite sure that we all can grasp the reality of resurrection in general.  I remember when the resurrection went from concept to reality in my own life…

It was a cold December day.  Amy and I had been driving to go pick up a movie at the rental place when we noticed the lights of emergency vehicles by my close friends house.  As we stopped at the house, I could quickly see that things weren’t going well.  He had suffered a major heart attack and was lying on the floor, lifeless.  The EMT’s worked on him a little and then rushed him off to the hospital.  We were right behind.  It wasn’t long before the doctor came out and announced to us that my friend hadn’t survived.  We were devistated.  He asked if we wanted to go in and see him, and we said yes.  As I stood beside the body of a man that I cared for deeply, I began to understand the tears of Jesus as he wept for Lazurus.  In that moment I was praying harder than I ever had before.  I didn’t want this to be the end.  All of a sudden, this wave came over me.  I can’t quite explain it, but somehow I knew that God could raise this man up from that table – right here right now!  I was just about to pray for this to happen and I felt the Lord say, “No, not now”.  This may seem a little crazy to some of you, but for me, in that moment, resurrection became reality.

The very nature of God is to take the dead and make it alive!  If he could do it with our diseased minds and spirits, then he can definitely do it in our bodies – and he will – if you belong to Jesus.  (By the way, if you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and savior, click this link to find out how to.)

 be blessed…
-pastorj

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Posted by on April 25, 2007 in Devotional Thoughts

 

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