Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hope in a 'Risen Savior!' Philippians 1:21

Good Friday morning to all,
A week ago yesterday was the day set aside for celebrating 'Good Friday!'  When we think about 'Good Friday', I'm reminded of how much our Savior suffered on that day for all of mankind!  Death was the result of all the beating but death was not the end!  1 Corinthians 15:55 says, 'Death is swallowed up in victory.  Oh death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?'  After He died, Jesus continued to do what He said He was going to do and that should give us the best 'Hope' on the planet.  He arose on the third day!  Fortunately, our Lord did not stay in the tomb!  When He was nailed to the cross, He died and nailed to that 'old rugged cross' every sin that mankind has committed, is committing and will commit.  On the third day, He arose again to give every human being an opportunity to live for Him!  His resurrection was a sign that even death could not keep Him in the grave and He showed His 
'Great Love' as an example of dieing to self and resurrecting to newness of life.  Every human being needs to die to self before they can have the gift of eternal life with the Savior.  If He hadn't risen, their would be no hope!  Do you realize the magnitude of what is at stake?  Your entire eternity is riding on your choice to serve the risen Savior or to continue to serve your own selfish ways!  If I told you that serving Christ comes with a price but that price has already been paid in full, what would you say?  The debt is much more than monetary value.  It has eternal value!  Live today and celebrate the fact that your future lies in a 'Risen Savior!'  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Philippians 1:21 says, 'For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.'  Live for Christ and you will live for eternity!!!
Your brother in Christ,

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