Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Resurrection

This is the weekend that we celebrate the most momentous event in history. The death burial and resurrection of Jesus. He proved he was who he said he was by rising from the dead. If Jesus had not rose from the dead then our faith would be in vain. Christianity would be no different from any other religion around the world. Lots of people have been martyred but, it was only Jesus who had power over death. Death could not hold him in the grave.

Today our family is planning to watch Mel Gibson's movie The Passion. I commend Gibson for not sugar coating Christ's suffering but, I wish he would have spent more time on the resurrection because that is were our hope lies. Our hope lies in the fact that Christ lives and is in heaven at this very moment interceding for our sins. First we receive through faith the salvation of our souls and then we look forward to the redemption of our bodies on that day when we see Christ as he is, when we ourselves are transformed from death to life.

In this time that we live, the validity of that hope has come under attack. The enemy of our soul knows he has but a short time and seems to be pulling out all the stops when it comes to attacking the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures, the truth of which our hope is placed. And most recently the enemies offensive has taken form of a book called the Da Vinci code which is soon to be out in movie form come next month. One can only imagine the bad fruit that will come from these blatant fabrications. The seeds of doubt will be planted in perhaps millions of people. I'd hate to be amongst those who have perpetuated this nonsense come judgment day.

But, to get back to a more uplifting theme. We can be sure that our faith in Christ is a sure thing. History proves it. All the things that Jesus did were not done in secret. It was all out in the open and there were a multitude of eyewitnesses. We have proof in their testimonies. And we hope for the future when Christ Jesus finally returns. Which I believe is nearer than we think.

To me even the call of so many to go back to a life more closer related to the land is another sign that it is getting closer, even at the door. Have you noticed that those who are leaning in this direction also have a great distaste for the corruption brought on by the modern developments of, as Northern Farmer says, "the culture of death". The world system is spiraling towards a life separated from truth and goodness. It is heading for a hedonistic orgy of self gratification. The modern world is fast becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah. But, Gods people are naturally repelled by this. Like Abraham of that time we are migrating away from those wicked places and are heading for places were God is leading.

I firmly believe that when Jesus returns he will restore the world to peace like it was in the Garden of Eden. Animals didn't eat each other. All of creation was at peace with itself. As the scripture at the heading of this blog states, the implements of war will be turned into the implements of agriculture. Every man under his vine and under his fig tree.

Early in the wee hours this morning I was reflecting on these things and I thought I'd share them on this most wonderful of holidays. It is a most wonderful holiday because it should remind us that it's all true. Christ is risen! He's alive! Seated at the right hand of the Father. And soon He will return. Christ will bring peace to the earth. People of all walks of life will return to an agrarian way. The way God intended from the beginning. And if it is close at hand it would only stand to reason that the Lord would begin to pave the way. I believe we are part of that plan as we take the initiative to follow that call.

Happy Resurrection Day

Until Next Time


Blogger Tom Scepaniak said...

Amen Brother!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is Risen!!! Praise God! He is Risen!!!

What hope and promise we have thru His Resurrection!

On the night of Jesus' betrayal He gave us this command:

John 13:34-35 "A new command I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."

And this promise:

John 14:6-7 "..."I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

He is Risen! Praise God! He is Risen!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Thanks for your post!

10:37 PM  
Blogger RL said...

1 John 4:7-8
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

12:13 AM  

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