“R. W. Dale was preparing an Easter sermon when the truth of Christ’s physical resurrection burst in upon him with compelling power. ‘Christ is alive!’ he said aloud; ‘He is alive – alive!’ He began to walk about the room saying to himself, ‘Christ is living! Christ is living!’ Not only that following Easter Sunday, but for months afterward he exulted in the theme of the resurrected Christ. He even began the practice of having a resurrection hymn sung each Sunday morning just to remind the people that they were worshiping a living Christ.” (Wiersbe)
Josh McDowell, while a university student and agnostic, put Jesus to the test. After 700 hours of historical research, he honestly concluded that Jesus was the Christ who rose from the dead. McDowell experienced the most conclusive evidence to the living Christ. He said, “Look, I was there. It’s changed my life.”
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
Phil. 3:10. that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
The resurrection is a historical fact. The resurrection is also a personal experience with the risen Christ. Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection.” The Christian life is the daily knowledge that Jesus is alive within. Every day in Christ is an Easter!
Wilbur Smith related a chaplain’s story: Many years ago a dying tuberculosis patient heard the Gospel on the radio one Good Friday. When a pastor came by the hospital ward, the patient called him over. “It is Easter today.” “Indeed,” I answered, “it is Good Friday and. . .” He became very quiet. In a moment, “I guess you did not understand. It is Easter today.” With his emaciated white hands, he pointed to his heart. At three o’clock the next morning, the pastor was hurriedly summoned to the hospital. The patient lay at the door of death. His voice was almost gone, as he turned and whispered: “It is Easter today.”
Thank you for all who served so wonderfully in last week’s outreach efforts. I thank God for you! Everyone who uses the spiritual gifts given by God will find the greatest fulfillment in the Christian life.
Heb. 6:10 (CEV). God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won't forget the love you have
shown his people.
Diligence in serving Christ is the outcome of devotion to Him. Believers ought to overflow with love for Christ and demonstrate that love in service to others. William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had a watchword– “Others.”
I am thankful for God’s grace in the salvation of new believers. Let’s continue to share the
“good news” with others in personal witnessing and bring people to Christ.
A life-saving crew went out in a boat through a terrific storm and rescued a man who had been fastened to a mast on a wrecked ship caught in the rocks and visible clearly from shore through their glasses.
They brought this man back, but he was utterly unconscious. They took him to the little hospital. . . and the first words he uttered when he came to consciousness, were these: “There is another man.” They said, “What do you mean?” He said, “Another, another man.” They said, “Do you mean there is another living man out on that wreck?” “Yes,” he said, “another man.” And
so they went out again through the storm. . . and, sure enough, they found another man. . . and he was saved. (Ironside)