Rise Above: An Easter Message
Good Morning! This is Resurrection Sunday, the day we celebrate our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ. There were three words I just said that are very significant:
We CELEBRATE. We gather together to rejoice in Him and to experience His presence with us.
We celebrate our RISEN savior. That means that He is no longer subject to the grave. He ROSE on the third day and HE IS ALIVE!
We celebrate our risen SAVIOR! Jesus is the savior. He is the savior of the world. No other one, and no other God, can save you. Jesus Christ was and will always be the Only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Our sin was driving us to hell, but His sacrifice opened the way for us to go to heaven!
The difference between Christianity and every other religion is that we serve a God who is alive and real. He sees, He hears, and He speaks. He is speaking to us each and every day. We do not have to try to get His attention or try to earn His favor. We have His favor because of our faith in Christ. It has nothing to do with what we do.
We believe in Jesus - the Son of God who took the penalty for our sin upon the cross so that we could be forgiven and cleansed and released from all the bondages of our past and the entrapments of this world. He has set us free! In August of 1983 I didn't need anyone to tell me I was a sinner, I knew my life was going down a path of destruction and something had to give. Getting drunk and getting high no longer did it for me. I knew there had to be more to life than just living for the weekends. I called out to God and He came and rescued me. He was there all along just waiting for my call. You know how I know He is real? You know how I know He is alive? Because He has been faithful to me. He has heard me when I called and has never left me nor forsaken me. He has given me His life and I have given Him mine.
Let's read it in Ephesians 2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in tres ...
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