Point to Ponder: “Entrust your life and your fears to the One who had conquered death.”
We all know the story, Christ who is God, came down to Earth on a mission. His life meant death so that you and I can have life – LIFE TO THE FULLEST.
As John 10:10 says:
“I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full!”
That’s why the question in life is never, “When do I die?”
But the question should be, “When do I start living?”
When we look at the Bible, the Resurrection tells us that death is never the end. God the Father, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead gave us eternal life. Which means ultimately we believe that one day our bodies will be raised from the dead.
You might be reading this now and asking the question: “So what does that have to do with me?” Jesus Christ rising from the dead means you can encounter Him today.
As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are repeating what the Angel of the Lord said in the book of Luke:
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here… He has risen!”
Billy Graham spoke of this story one time: It’s about Auguste Compte (who is a French philospher) and Thomas Carlyle (who is a Scottish essayist).
Compte said that he was going to start a new religion. And it would be a religion that would supplant the religion of Jesus Christ. It was to have no mysteries. Everything would be as plain as the multiplication table and its name would be Positivism.
Mr. Carlyle replied: “Very good Mr. Compte, very good. All you need to do is very simple, all you need to do is to speak as a man who never spoke before. And live as never a man lived. And be crucified, rise again the third day, and get the world to believe that you’re still alive… then your religion would have a chance to get on.”
Christianity stands on the truth of the resurrection. Today, 2014… means the Lord who rose from the dead can still make a significant impact in your life.
AND SO let’s look at the conversations of Jesus Christ with a group of people after he had risen from the dead:
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
What were the first words that the Angel of the Lord and Jesus Christ spoke after the resurrection?
They were the words: “Don’t be afraid.”
What does this tell us?
It tells us that if we are to summarize the message of the Resurrection in two words it can be summed up as:
Question: What kind of fear are you carrying with you right now?
Maybe it’s the fear of facing your future.
Maybe it’s the fear of losing your family.
Maybe you’re afraid for your health.
The point is THERE ARE FEARS. But dont dwell on them.
Because if Jesus was able to conquer your biggest fear, which is death. What fear do you have right now that He cannot conquer? God is telling you right now, “Anak, don’t be afraid.”
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The Greatest Authority in Heaven and on earth said… “Fear not!”