Happy Easter -- Death Conquered!Have a blessed and happy Easter. From today's Daylights:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16Update:
The greatest challenge facing anyone on earth is how to face his or her own mortality. The good news is that death has been conquered. Jesus, God in human form, died as a substitute for our sins. We now have the choice of accepting Jesus' death as payment for our sins or dying for our sins ourselves. We now have hope through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus promised (John 8:51) that those who believe in Him, though they die, yet would live. Acts 2:42 said that God raised Jesus from the dead putting an end to the agony of death. We know that death is no longer a master over Jesus (Romans 6:9) and that the death He died He died to sins once for all (Romans 6:10).
Death cannot separate us from God (Romans 8:38). Because we've been freed from the shadow of death, which hangs over every living human being, we can live our lives with hope and confidence knowing we have eternal life through Jesus (1 John 5:11-13).
The issue is this: do we believe in Jesus? Have we accepted His gift of eternal life? If we have, we can have peace. Our ability to accept physical death gives us strength to choose death daily. Jesus promised that those who find their lives would lose them but those who lose their lives will find them.
May God give us confidence of eternal life and with it courage to face physical death and daily deaths.
I thought I would ad a thought to this. The one amazing thing about what I celebrate today is that with the sacrifice on the cross, Jesus opened the door for each one of us to have a one-on-one real relationship with Him. It is so easy to get caught up in the traditions, prayers, and celebrations of our faith--all great things in themselves--but we lose focus of the One that gave us the reason to celebrate. He gives hope. He provides strength. He picks you up after you have fallen. I am sure that there are many who would read this and question His presence, but I encourage you to not miss out, and seek Him out. Test God, if you will. Call out to Him, and ask Him to reveal the truth about Christ, and His gift of salvation to you. I would encourage you all to consider, if you have not already, the gift of eternal life, and a growing personal relationship with the God who cares about you and me more than anyone else. There is nothing else that can compare.
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