The Resurrection – Why We Believe

FTI ResurrectionJesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11:25-27

Jesus made a lot of bold statements and this one is pretty big. It came out of a  conversation He had with Martha after telling her He would raise her brother Lazarus (who had been dead four days) back to life.

Why did she say yes? What made her believe that this was no ordinary man but, rather, “the Son of God?”

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

She knew Jesus. He was a close friend of the family. She had spent enough time in His presence to know He was different and His claims were for real. This is evident because  she declared her faith in Jesus before He raised Lazarus from the dead.

And it’s this kind of personal experience that leads us to faith in Christ as well. For me, the transformation I saw in myself after I made the decision to follow Christ was pretty dramatic. And, even though I have not been perfect in this journey of faith, I can testify that He has been perfectly faithful to me.

POWER OF THE EMPTY TOMB

There have been a lot of people who have gone to great lengths to refute the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. But, in their attempts to cover up the empty tomb, they have unwittingly exposed the emptiness of their own argument.

Because the truth is, this one event is not the only proof of Jesus’ power.

If you’re going take a hammer to the gospels and drive a nail through the heart of the resurrection story, this cornerstone of all Christian belief, you cannot forget to include a rebuttal for all those other miracles Jesus did.

You may call God a liar but try telling that to all those other people He healed, especially the ones He raised to life –

Like Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8: 40-42, 49-56),
or the only son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-15),
or Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha (John 11).

Try convincing the original disciples and the thousands of converts to the early church including that killer of Christ followers turned follower of Christ himself, the apostle Paul.

You can deny historical records along with the testimonies of saints past and present and mock all you want. But it’s hard to dismiss the fact that so many people who walked with Jesus were willing to die a martyrs death.

PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION

This may be the most compelling proof of the resurrection, because I sincerely doubt that those who were eye-witnesses to these events would die for a mere man whose claims to be God had never been verified. They had to have been 100% convinced.

And we are further evidence. You and I and every single person who has ever encountered the living Christ and answered “Yes” when asked, “Do you believe this?”

And why do we believe in Jesus?

Because He is still emptying tombs.

Capable of raising to life whatever is dead or dying in us.

Resurrecting hope.

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Are you searching for a reason to believe? You might want to read this article:

Evidence For The Resurrection by Josh McDowell

Are you already a believer but going through a struggle of some kind? Maybe you need a reminder that Jesus suffered too, and He rose from the grave to let you know He has the power to lift you out of whatever depths you find yourself in today.

Let this song encourage you. Let it be your prayer.

And may this be your most blessed and joyful Easter ever!

DO YOU BELIEVE?

My Top Five Favorite Inspirational Easter Songs

Easter is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tunes for this holiday.

Here’s my TOP FIVE FAVORITE Inspirational Easter Songs (in no particular order):

I love both the Keith Green version as well as the original performed by the group 2nd Chapter of Acts. But could not find a very good version of the latter so here you go…Keith Green singing, The Easter Song!

I think Dolly does a great rendition of this Don Francisco classic, He’s Alive!

How could I leave out one of the most popular inspirational hits of all time? Here’s Dallas Holm singing, Rise Again!

This is another gem by Keith Green. The record is great, but seeing a live performance from back in the day is a treat. Enjoy listening to The Victor!

Finally, this Matt Papa tune reminds us why the Easter message is so important and challenges those of us who say we believe Jesus is alive, to live like it. Take a moment and be blessed by This Changes Everything!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EASTER SONG?

Just As He Said – The Truth About Easter

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 

 

 

Have you been lied to?
Let down by someone you trusted?
Disillusioned by people who claimed to be something they’re not?
Good.
How’s that good, you ask?
Because now you can spot a phony.
Now you can better decipher truth from lies.
Now you can appreciate the words of Jesus, all the more.
Jesus
The One who died so that we might have eternal life.
Who went to hell and back, literally, for our freedom.
Who said He would rise again, and then he did.
Just as He said.
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to many to prove His claims were true.
He showed His wounds to the doubters so wounded spirits could be healed.
And He wants you to know, He’s not like all the others. You can trust Him.
The Risen Christ will never let you down.
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The song below is the Keith Green version of  Easter Song, originally recorded by 2nd Chapter of Acts and written by Annie Herring. I hope it will bless you as you reflect on the power and hope of the resurrection.

 


 

Happy Easter!

What Easter Means for the Worn and Weary

So I can’t pinpoint why exactly but, the other day, I found myself fighting tears. They were so close to the surface all day long.

Maybe there’s no good way to describe that feeling. It’s just that suddenly those emotions you’ve been trying to ignore, well they finally get fed up with being forced into silence. They demand to be heard!

And there comes a time when you stop pretending to be tough and you start being honest with yourself.

 

You’re just worn out.
(Or as we like to say in the south, “worn to a frazzle.”)

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But when we bring our daily struggles to Jesus, we are acknowledging our faith in His ability to save us. We are declaring our belief in a living God who redeems our life from the pit.

Remember the story of Lazarus? After he died, his sister Martha came to Jesus who said to her,

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 

She said “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God…” and Jesus went on to raise her brother from the dead. 

What about you? Do you believe this?

Do you think it’s possible that Jesus can take a heart like yours, worn and weary though it may be, and make the miraculous happen?

I do. Trust in Him and, as the song says, “All that’s dead inside will be reborn.”

That’s the reason we celebrate Easter – the whole reason for a cross and an empty tomb.

REDEMPTION!

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” Luke 1:68

You can hear the song, “Worn” performed in this visually stunning video below by the Christian band, Tenth Avenue North. (Trouble viewing? Click here.)

Here’s a quote from lead singer Mike Donehey’s blog:

If we come to Jesus with anything more than nothing, we come with too much… He’s after a grateful people, not a perfect people. He’s after a responsive people, not a self-helped one. Live loved. That’s our call. That is our job. Even when we’re worn out, worn thin, and feel like we’ve got nothing left to offer Him, all He demands is our nothing.

 


Lessons From Our Easter Bunnies

As we stepped out the front door for our evening walk a few days ago, my husband tried to shield me from the sight.

But it was too late. My eyes had already caught a glimpse of that little sparrow lying motionless on our front porch. It appeared that he had simply mistaken one of our windows for open sky and flew himself straight into his demise.

I was overcome with unexpected grief. Thinking about that little bird, once singing, now silent, reminded me of the the frailty of my own life. And then I immediately thought of this scripture:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

The rest of the week, it seems I was constantly reminded of the complexities of life and death, and of God’s sovereignty over all.

Just this morning I got a strange report from my husband who had been working outside. Earlier in the week, while looking out the window one morning before work, he had spotted something in our backyard. With no time to investigate, he assumed it might be an ant bed emerging. But when he went out for a closer look today, he made a much more pleasant discovery.

It was a nest of newborn baby bunnies! I ran out to capture the scene but realized my camera is not working so I found this picture online which looks exactly like what we saw.

Grass and mother’s fur are woven together to provide a safe haven for the bunnies to grow.

We got close enough to peek through to see the tiniest little creatures you ever saw (sorry no picture) but did not want to disturb the nest further.

The irony is not lost on me. The lessons of the Easter season are still alive, birthing fresh truth in the hearts of those willing to listen.

Because of sin, death is a reality we must accept. But because of God’s grace, we have been given the hope of new life!

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22

I am so thankful for the way God speaks through His creation. Nestled beneath the warm, protective haven of His love, we are allowed to grow and mature and enjoy all His good gifts. Just like these little guys which will be running around our back yard soon…

And because of Jesus victory over the grave, we know that when it is time to go from our nesting place to our resting place we who trust in Him will be able to enter into the joy of eternal life!

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54

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