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I Peter 1:3-5
March 30, 1997 (Easter)
"Jesus is risen,
There's no doubt about it!
It happened today,
I'm going to shout it!
Upon the Cross
of Calvary He died,
While down on the ground
His mother cried.
But now He is living,
And that I know!
It's the greatest thing ever,
He arose! He arose!"
-- Robert F. Yawberg
I trust that you are here today because "Jesus Christ is risen from the dead."
"Up from the grave He arose,
with a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a victor of the dark domain,
and He lives forever with His Saints to reign.
He arose. He arose.
Hallelujah! Christ arose "
The greatest historical, social, moral, spiritual and theological event of all time happened in 33 A.D. when Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried in the grave, and was raised from the dead. Every time we look at the calendar we are reminded, it is A.D.
The world has never been the same since. There is now hope in the world. In Adam all die. In Christ all are made alive." The resurrection is the watershed of all human history.
For two thousand years the Risen Saviour has been changing lives, redeeming men and nations, changing the course of human history.
Atheists, agnostics, infidels, and humanists have tried generation after generation to knock it down, explain it away, and mock it to death.
But Jesus lives, Jesus reigns, the Word of God prevails; is not bound.
Robert Ingersoul, when he wrote his book, "The Age of Reason", in the last century, said that in less than fifty years the Bible and the Church would be gone.
Today a good Bible will cost you fifty bucks, and you can buy a copy of The Age of Reason in a used bookstore for a nickel. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Word will not pass away."
In our generation we have seen the Bible removed from our schools, and the Ten Commandments ripped down from the walls in the halls. This greatly concerns many Christians ...
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