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“…He’s not dead”

Why do you cry? He is risen…Why are you weeping? He’s not dead

“Don’t Cry” by Kirk Franklin

As we who claim the Name of the Lord ponder His supreme sacrifice this weekend (and our Blood-bought right as heirs to His Kingdom), I found an article from Gotquestions.org that nicely sums up the significance of Jesus’ propitiation for our sins.

Happy Resurrection Day, saints!:

Question: “Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?”

The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, it witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not a God worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting that is death and the victory that is the grave’s (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

Second, the resurrection of Jesus is a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a basic tenet of the Christian faith. Unlike all other religions, Christianity alone possesses a founder who transcends death and who promises that His followers will do the same. All other religions were founded by men and prophets whose end was the grave. As Christians, we take comfort in the fact that our God became man, died for our sins, and was resurrected the third day. The grave could not hold Him. He lives, and He sits today at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains in detail the importance of the resurrection of Christ. Some in Corinth did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, and in this chapter Paul gives six disastrous consequences if there were no resurrection: 1) preaching Christ would be senseless (v. 14); 2) faith in Christ would be useless (v. 14); 3) all the witnesses and preachers of the resurrection would be liars (v. 15); 4) no one would be redeemed from sin (v. 17); 5) all former believers would have perished (v.18); and 6) Christians would be the most pitiable people on the earth (v. 19). But Christ indeed has risen from the dead and “has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20), assuring that we will follow Him in resurrection.

The inspired Word of God guarantees the believer’s resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His Body (the Church) at the Rapture. Such hope and assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

How do these concluding verses relate to the importance of the resurrection? Paul answers, “…you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (v. 58). He reminds us that because we know we will be resurrected to new life, we can suffer persecution and danger for Christ’s sake (vv. 29-31), just as He did. We can follow the example of the thousands of martyrs through history who gladly traded their earthly lives for everlasting life via the resurrection.

The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scripture. And, He is coming again! The dead in Christ will be raised up, and those who remain and are alive at His coming will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected unto eternal life. That is our blessed hope!

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“…Christ has been raised from the dead…”

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1 Corinthians 15:12-24 (New American Standard Bible)

12Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;

 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

 15Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.

 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;

 17and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

 19If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

 20But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

21For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,

 24then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

…and life is worth the living, just because He lives!

When A Pimp Throws A Party…

…it seems as though everyone will show up – especially if the party is thrown by Super (soon to be Alpha Pimp) Eddie Long.

In case you didn’t know, every Easter, Eddie brings his entire congregation to downtown Atlanta to “worship” in the cavernous Georgia Dome. Eddie calls it an “Easter service for the city of Atlanta” – as a former member of Eddie’s mafia, I call it an opportunity for Eddie to show off “his” congregation in order to keep flexing his mega-church as a force in the city.

Eddie is known for aligning himself with anyone who can further his agenda:

Anyway, Eddie took a break from running away from Senate investigators to party at the Dome yesterday. Not to be content with creating a circus environment that gives cursory praise (at best) for the impact of the Resurrection of our Christ, Eddie likes to invite some of his famous friends to the party to attract thousands – and to show you the reach of his influence.

This year’s special guest was Clifford Harris:

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Who is Clifford Harris, you ask? Well, your kids know him as the rapper “T.I.” a/k/a “The King” a/k/a “Tip” a/k/a “The Rubber-band Man”.

You see, young Cliff is a former drug dealer turned rapper who is currently on home confinement as he awaits trial for buying weapons from an undercover FBI agent. Cliff likes to curse when he raps, he calls women all kinds of unmentionable names, and he brags about his…well…let’s just call it his “sexual prowess”.

Young Cliff got permission from the feds to attend the services of his “spiritual advisor” – you guessed it, Eddie Long.

This shouldn’t seem too strange to you. Remember, Eddie and Cliff have the same interests (big homes, big cars, nice jewelry, etc.).

Eddie got what he wanted by inviting young Cliff to the party – lots of young folks showed up to see Cliff (oh, and hear about that Jesus guy also). Cliff even brought some of the other vulgar artists from his record label to the party as well.

Eddie even let young Cliff get up and address the crowd (I wonder if Cliff had to leave a large “offering” at the alter for the privilege?).

I wonder if Eddie inquired about the state of young Cliff’s soul when they schmoozed in the Green Room.

I wonder if Eddie helped Cliff repent of his past and directed him to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. 

I wonder if Eddie is helping Cliff to learn the Gospel so that Cliff can share the Good News with the thugs on his record label.

Hmm…

To those who think that I’m an “Eddie hater”, I can hear you now:“Paul said that he became all things to all men so that some could be saved”. Once again, you’re quoting your local pulpit pimp who takes the scripture out of context.

Paul said:

20(A)To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though (B)not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;

 21to those who are (C)without law, (D)as without law, though not being without the law of God but (E)under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

 22To the (F)weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become (G)all things to all men, (H)so that I may by all means save some.

 23I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. (1 Corinthians 9:20-23).

Notice my emphasis in bold above. Paul didn’t seek to associate with “famous sinners” so that he could be seen as their personal “guru” like Eddie does – Paul sought to make disciples and fellow partakers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Anyway, it was quite the party indeed. And not too far away, the 250 members of Mount Gilead Baptist Church (which was severely damaged by the recent tornadoes that tore through Atlanta) gathered to worship God on a beautiful Resurrection Sunday.

Mount Gilead’s Pastor Dexter Johnson couldn’t attend services – he was injured during an in-home invasion (he lives in the actual inner-city neighborhood where he pastors…imagine that). Anyway, Mount Gilead’s Minister of Music said “I’d rather have a half-standing church that was full of life than a full church with no life in it”.

I know, very profound…and true.

“Worthy Is The Lamb Slain”

11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels (A)around the throne and the (B)living creatures and the (C)elders; and the number of them was (D)myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,  12saying with a loud voice, “(E)Worthy is the (F)Lamb that was (G)slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

 13And (H)every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who (I)sits on the throne, and to the (J)Lamb, (K)be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:11-13)

John vividly describes this atmosphere of worship as the angels heralded Our Lord.

As we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us weep that he bore our transgressions and iniquities (Isaiah 53:5), but let us also rejoice that He rose from the dead – just as He said He would (Matthew 28:6-8).

No matter how difficult your life may be, if you’re a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (and you’ve accepted Him as your Savior), then remember that His Resurrection should make you uncomfortable with complacency. He conquered death so that you could overcome every dead area in your life! So:

1(A)Arise, shine; for your (B)light has come,
         And the (C)glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
    2“For behold, (D)darkness will cover the earth
         And deep darkness the peoples;
         But the LORD will rise upon you
         And His (E)glory will appear upon you.
    3(F)Nations will come to your light,
         And kings to the brightness of your rising.  (Isaiah 60:1-3)


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