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March 2018

Dr. Roach gives a message about the Reality of the Resurrection.

March 2018

14 March 2018
Anonymous

Pastor's Update March 2018:

Now that Spring is coming we need to draw our attention to the coming Holidays of the Passover season. With Palm Sunday and Ressurection Sunday coming let us become more Spiritually sensative to what GOd is speaking to the Church about at this time of the year.

The most important event in Christianity is the Ressurection of Jesus from the dead. Let us read the "Reality of the Resurrection." This event will change your life and give you hope.

The Reality of the Resurrection:

One of the greatest verses in the Bible is found in atthew 28:6, "He is not here; for He is risen as He said!" Glory to God forever!!

The redemption of makind hinged upon the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Christ's resurrection was the final evidence that the price had been paind in full for our redemption--that His supreme sacrifice was accepted by God, the Father, and that we could have eternal life and forever be reconciled to God.

As we read the Gospel accounts, we see that the disciples did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus at first. Only the women believed. Even though He had told them beforehand that He would be leaving, the reality of His resurrection had not really hit home.

As He appeared to them later, the believed even to the point of their own deaths. The Apostle Paul personally met the resurrected Christ and he believed. Paul writes in Philippians 3:10, "That I may know Him in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death."

Also, Paul writes in Romans 8:11, "But if the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." His power--His resurrection power--now becomes a reality to us who have believed. Our dead spirits are now resurrected unto life and that life is eternal.

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul shares the heart of the gospel with us. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,6-8 says, "For i delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures..After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. The last of all He was seen by me also, as born out of due time."

He then writes in 1 Corinthians 15:13-14, "But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, the our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty." Verse 20 says, "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and hs become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep (the dead)."

Paul believed in the Resurrected Christ. He had encountered Him in a most dramatic way on the road to Damascus and that experience changed him forever. He had seen Jesus and the resurrection of our Lord was more real to him than life itself. Paul endured many hardships, but he had the confident assurance of the reality of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

God also revelaed to Paul the mystery of the resurrected body. 1 Corinthians 15:42 and 49, "So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man (Jesus)."

1 John 3:2-3 says, "Beloved, now we are children of God and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."

1 Corinthians 15:53 says, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immorality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory.'" Then in 1 Corinthians 15:57 we are given this glorious statement: "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through out Lord Jesus Christ."

The reality is this: Because Jesus lives, we also live! We have this hope anchored in the knowledge that God would not leave the soul of His beloved Son, Jesus in Hades. Nor would He allow His Holy One (Jesus) to seee corruption (Psalm 16:10).

On the Day of Pentecost after the mighty upper room experience, Peter went out into the streets and preached a powerful sermon. Acts 2:29-32 says, "Men and bretheren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God has sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh. He would raise up the Christ to set on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses." 

We as believers, did not actually see Jesus Christ resurrected, but Jesus told Thomas in John 20:29, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

"Because He lives, you will live also if you Truly Know Him"

God Bless you--

Pastor Jerry