Hello everyone! So sorry I haven’t been active of late. Right when I felt I was able to get back into blogging, I got hit with another round of some kind of illness (again, not the virus that shall not be named), and it’s starting to look like 2021 is gonna be my year to be sick all year! One cold after another! And now I have allergies 😊 Like I said, it’s been rough for several weeks! But you didn’t drop by to hear about that, lol! Today, I’m bringing you the fourth devotion in our Rejoicing series! It’s a bit tardy, but I hope you enjoy it!
Rejoicing in Resurrection
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
The above verse is taken from the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. As we know, Jesus was foreshadowing His own resurrection and that of His children in the coming days! Today, I want to take a look at Christ’s resurrection, what it means for us, The resurrection of the Saints, and what that means for us! Let’s dive right in!
1|The Resurrection of Christ
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. (Matthew 28:1-10)
2| What Christ’s Resurrection Means for Us
The resurrection of Christ brings us hope for eternity! As Christians, we are the only religion in the world to have a living Savior. Mohamed is still in his grave and Buddha in his. We are the only ones who have a LIVING Savior! The only ones with the power to raise Himself from the dead and ascend to heaven!
It gives us a reason to rejoice, for Salvation, is complete! Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can go to heaven when we die! All we have to do is accept His free gift of Salvation, believing that He is the only begotten Son of God!
3| The Resurrection of the Saints
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
4| What This Means for Us
As a Christian, this means that one day, I’m gonna rise! Whether I am in my grave or I am standing on the ground, Jesus is gonna call for me, and I am gonna go to heaven to be with Him! If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you too will get to be raised to be with Christ!
But what does this mean for those who have not accepted Christ as their Savior?
Sadly, this means that you have used up your chances.
When speaking on the rapture of the church (no, the word rapture isn’t in the Bible, but everyone knows what I’m talking about. rapture is a word we use to describe this event), Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12:
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Reader, where do you come into this? Are you a child of God? Rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior! Are you still searching for answers? Please! Contact us here at Life of Heritage! We would love to help you come to know a personal relationship with Christ! No one should be left in the dark on the love of Christ!
I hope this devotion has been a blessing to you! Please feel free to leave your thoughts with us in the comments! What are you rejoicing in today?
God Bless and God Bless America!
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