We Serve a Risen Savior
"He is risen." These were the words spoken by the angel of the Lord to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb where Jesus had been buried some 2000 years ago. This angel had come from heaven, he rolled back the stone from the tomb, and then he sat down on top of the stone to proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was no longer in the tomb. Death itself could not hold Him; He had broken free! This angel brought the greatest message of hope the world has ever heard: "He is risen!" Yes, Jesus died "…for our sins according to the scriptures." He was buried, and He arose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). And He continues to live to this very day in order to:
Save us. Every human being on earth, since sin entered into the world through Adam, has been born with a sinful nature. We have the propensity to commit sin. "Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned…." (Romans 5:12) All of us must be forgiven of our sins by being born again, or else we will be condemned to spend eternity in everlasting punishment in hell. No one is able to save himself, but Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, can and will save any and all that will believe and trust in Him as their Savior. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me."
We have hope in Jesus Christ. Hope is what keeps us alive and going even in the face of our most dire and severe desperation. When circumstances and surroundings get so bad that we may even contemplate dying, hope comes and points us through the darkness to a better time and place. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me…." (Psalm 23:4) Because Jesus lives, there is brightness illuminated on the horizon. Paul refers to it as "…that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13) We are confident of His continued cleansing us of all of our sins as we continue to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). Jesus Christ is our advocate. When we have been immersed into Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins we are the born-again, blood-washed, heaven-bound children of God. However, we are only sojourners here. We are not yet home, and we are not yet glorified. At our best, we are weak and no match for the conflicts of life when we struggle alone. But since we serve a risen Savior, we know that Jesus Christ lives and watches over us and fights on our behalf. Yes, Jesus can and will help us no matter what the problem may be we are facing. We truly serve a risen Savior! He is leading the way to our home in heaven!
May God bless you today and every day!