Resurrection Hope

Easter 2012
JESUS CHRIST LIVES AND IS SOON COMING AGAIN
The death of Christ and His resurrection are seldom viewed independently. They are connected and give each other their meaning. God so loved you and me that Christ died for us. The message of the Cross is love, God’s immeasurable, amazing love. The love of God sent His Son to earth in human form and placed Him on a cross.

Why should it be thought incredible that Christ should be raised from the dead? If there is no resurrection, then life loses all of its meaning, and it becomes a hollow mockery. I Cor. 15:14 states: “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and our faith is also empty.” However, Christ was raised from the dead and He lives today.

The greatest demonstration and display of God’s power happened at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, in Eph. 1: 19-20 Scripture uses four words for power to describe it. The apostle Paul prays that we may understand:
“The exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”

God will not permit man to forget that he is over all. We should be reminded of this every time we: look at the calendar, draw up a will, dictate a document, buy a car, get a receipt, make a bank deposit, write a check, pay our electric bill, sign a contract and collect or pay rent. God cries: A.D. he sets the date (the year of our Lord).

Flower seeds that have been hidden for two thousand years in an ancient tomb in France, immediately came to life when planted. Also on June 4th, 1844 garden peas that were idle three thousand years, were planted and came forth. It would be very incredible if Jesus Christ, with His power, could not rise from the dead. BUT HE AROSE!

Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! Thinking again of God’s great power, let us remind ourselves of all the expressions of power that surrounded the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The veil of the temple that was rent, the rocks that were rent, the opening of graves, and the great earthquake. We certainly need to humble ourselves as we remind ourselves of the mighty power of God and what He has done for us. It has been said that the only way we can know the dynamite of His power is to get on our knees in praise and prayer. Redemption was accomplished when Jesus cried on the cross, “IT IS FINISHED.”
We give praise to God and to a dear friend for enabling us to post an active website, that we will be developing more and more at http://www.freedominchristcarolinas.org. God has allowed us great opportunities and keeps us very busy: teaching in a conference in TN, counseling by phone, working on the new book, preparing for teaching and coaching at the Knoxville Practicum and all the discipleship counseling and freedom appointments –taking people through the Steps to Freedom. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, WE REALLY NEED THEM. HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY,

Paul and Joyce Travis

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About ficcarolinas

Full time biblical counselors and equippers serving with Freedom in Christ Ministries
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