Just yesterday I was in conversation with one of our volunteers who made the most profound statement. He said, as a believer in Jesus, we don’t fight for victory, we fight from a place of victory.
We are rapidly approaching Resurrection Sunday. My favorite holiday.
For this reason, the Father Loves Me, because I Iay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.
Jesus knew He would be sacrificed, He gave up His life on His own accord. Jesus dying on the cross didn’t come as surprise to Him, yet He submitted to the will of the Father. Would we be celebrating Easter if Jesus would have just died without raising from the dead? We celebrate this holiday because of Jesus resurrecting, living forever more, and returning soon. The victory we have as believers comes from the fact that Jesus not only died, but ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND LIVES FOREVER!
Read with me …
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
To have the great blessing in 2019 to continue to proclaim the message of repentance for forgiveness of sins right here in Mt. Pleasant and Henry County amazes me. This same message over 2,000 years ago hasn’t lost is power and is just as relevant now as it was then. Why? Because Jesus is coming soon. I encourage those who don’t know Jesus and want to make that decision, repent, turn away from your sins and ask Jesus to reign in your life.
If you have made that decision, understand that your new position comes from a place of victory because of what Jesus did on the cross and what He did on the third day when He raised from the dead. As 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 reads, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, WHO GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.”
Have a blessed weekend.