- Original Teaching: He Is Risen
- Date: March 27, 2005
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection from the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching in vain, and your faith is also in vain. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins.” I Corinthians 5:12-14, 17
- Review By: Jason Felton
In last weeks blog post we saw that there are really two crosses in Christianity. We took a look at the fact that there is a personal cross that we must take up on a daily basis, if we are going to identify with Jesus. Today (being good Friday) we are going to look at that old rugged cross. The one that Jesus died on for you and me.
Don’t you love the title of this post? HE IS RISEN!!! That is the basis of Christianity. Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for our sins so that we could have eternal life. And the fact of the matter is, He didn’t just die, He rose again! That is what separates Christianity from every other religion. In every other religion their God is dead. Buddha is dead. Mohammed is dead. But Jesus is alive praise God!! What a message of hope! What good news!! After all that is what the word gospel means right? It means “good news”. The good news for you and me today is that Jesus is Risen and we no longer have to be under the power of sin.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says, “He was made sin with our sin, so that we could be made righteous with his righteousness.” Your sins past, present, and future were all taken care of by Jesus. God is just. Somebody had to pay the price for your sins. Jesus willingly did. Wow! What grace! What mercy! What love! Can you think of anybody else that would do that for you? To give an example that may help clarify it some, think of it like this. Let’s say there was a murdering rapist that was convicted and sentenced to death for the crimes he committed. As he’s walking out the courtroom a stranger comes in and says, “Wait, I’ll take his crimes upon myself. I’m willing to go to the electric chair for Him.” We would think that’s absurd right? Nobody would do that. Well, that is what Jesus did for our sins! And he did it for you. Isaiah 53 says, “It pleased the Lord to bruise him.” It pleased him to do that FOR YOU!!
Do you really understand the price that was paid for you? Jesus purchased you with His blood and His righteousness. Just like that example of the murdering rapist who was convicted, you were a convicted sinner on your way to Hell. You were a self-serving, self-reliant individual who had no heart for God. But, He sought you out. He loved you even though you didn’t love Him. That is amazing isn’t it? You didn’t seek Him, He sought you. He sought you and He bought you with His own blood. That is why it says in I Corinthians 6, “that you are not your own, you were bought with a price.” He is our redeemer!
We have a responsibility as Christians to subordinate our lives to Jesus’ Lordship. Yet, too many people today want to accept the forgiveness of judgment without accepting the responsibility to live right or righteous. Beloved, you can’t have one without the other. The gospel is full of “If’s”. If you receive it. If you proclaim it. If you practice it. Jesus didn’t do his job and that was the end of it. We have a job to do to. Believing in God is not just mental assent, it’s habitual obedience. If you truly believe Jesus rose from the dead then it should bring about in your life a pattern of obedience and righteous living. If you choose to live contrary to this, then you are in sin. And in Romans 6:23 it says that, “the wages of sin is death.” What are you doing with the gift that Jesus has given you? What are you doing with the grace, mercy, and love that has been bestowed upon you? One day you will give an account.
Want to hear one last piece of good news that most Christians aren’t hearing today? JESUS IS COMING! Easter isn’t just about Jesus coming out of the tomb, it’s about the fact that He’s coming back. The story isn’t finished yet. John 14:3 says, “He’s gone to prepare a place for us, and He will come again.” The plan wasn’t over with Jesus rising! So, as we end for today remember how Father sees you. He sees you as sons. He sees you as perfect and complete. I don’t know about you, but that’s hard for me to comprehend! He finished the work. We don’t have to do anything, but rest in that finished work and live a life wholly devoted to Him. Being saved isn’t about how much you can do for God, but it’s how much you let God do through you. Our lives are not our own. Let’s daily die for Him, because he gave EVERYTHING for us!! HAPPY EASTER!!!