Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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When the women came back from the empty tomb, they told all of
what happened at the tomb to the Eleven and to all the others. A lively
discussion started,

ANDREW The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the
central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built; without it, there
would be no Christian Church today. Jesus’ resurrection is unique. Other
religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife,
and various holy Scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human,
literally died for his people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule
his church forever.

Christians can look very different from one another, and they can hold widely
varying beliefs about politics, life-style, and even theology. But one central
belief unites and inspires all true Christians – Jesus Christ rose from the

JOHN Jesus’ resurrection is the key to the Christian faith. Why? (1) Just
as he said, Jesus rose from the dead. We can be confident, therefore, that he
will accomplish all he has promised. (2) Jesus’ bodily resurrection shows us
that the living Christ, not a false prophet or imposter, is ruler of God’s
eternal kingdom. (3) We can be certain of our own resurrection because Jesus was
resurrected. Death is not the end – there is future life. (4) The divine power
that brought Jesus back to life is now available to us to bring our spiritually
dead selves back to life. (5) The resurrection is the basis for the church’s
witness to the world.

Like Nicodemus, we must examine Jesus for ourselves – others cannot do it for
us. Then, if we believe he is who he says, we will want to speak up for him and
follow his teachings as in the sermon on the mount,

JESUS Blessed are the poor
in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for
they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be
filled. Bless are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are
persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds
of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your
reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were
before you.

MATTHEW God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s. If you
want to live for God we must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the
world. We must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to
help when others abuse. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others,
you will one day receive everything God has in store for us.

These beatitudes are not multiple choice – pick what you like and leave the
rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as
Christ’s followers.

“Blessed” means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state
of those who are in God’s kingdom. The Beatitudes don’t promise laughter,
pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus, “blessed” means the experience of
hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the
deepest form of happiness, we must follow Jesus no matter what the cost.

Jesus said that God’s kingdom is organized differently from worldly kingdoms. In
the kingdom of heaven, wealth and power and authority are unimportant. Kingdom
people seek different blessings and benefits, and they have different attitudes.
We need to reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, our King. Jesus put
it this way,

JESUS Not everyone who say to me, “Lord, Lord, will enter the
kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

MATTHEW Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. He wants us to do
right, not just say the right words. What we do cannot be separated from what we
believe. Jesus taught us,

JESUS Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace
to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to
turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own
household. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me and
anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever
finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find

MATTHEW Jesus, was showing us that Christianity demands a decision. As we
take our cross and follow him, our different values, morals, goals, and purposes
will set us apart from others. We must remember that our commitment to God must
be the most important thing in our life. Again Jesus said, JESUS What shall we
say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It
is like a mustard see, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet
when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such
big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade. PETER When we
feel alone in our stand for Christ, we must realize that God is building a
worldwide kingdom. Our faith, no matter how small, can join with that of others
to accomplish great things.

MATTHEW People may make fun of Christians for their
faith, but believers can take courage from the fact that Jesus himself was
mocked as greatly as anyone. Taunting may hurt our feelings, but we should never
let it change our faith. John the Baptist put it this way,

is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of
light because their deeds are evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and
will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But
whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly,
that what he has done has been done through God.

JOHN Don’t be surprised when
people are threatened by our desire to obey God and do what is right, because
they are afraid that the light in us will expose some of the darkness in their
lives. Rather than giving in to discouragement, keep praying that they will come
to see how much better it is to live in light than in darkness.

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About georgehach

I am a retired Lay Minister, acting as a prophet for God to understand the end times that is comingg and how to prepare for it.
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