Wishing You a Blessed Easter Sunday!
What are we really celebrating on Easter Sunday? The Apostle Peter says we are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He is risen! He is risen indeed! And it makes all the difference to anyone who believes.
To understand the importance of Easter you have to ask yourself what difference it would have made is Christ had not risen from the dead. In this episode, the last in a series of three all designed for parents to listen to with their children, we look at what Easter means for all mankind.
The key truth from the Bible on this whole question is found in 1 Corinthians 15:17.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
But glory be to God, Christ is raised and His resurrection is both evidence of our justification and our hope of eternal life. The difference is as great as that between life and death, between heaven and hell and between hope and utter despair. Now do you see why the Bible writers say things like, Thanks be to God, or to Him be the glory both now and forever? Our praise and thanksgiving should be continual! What a glorious salvation accomplished by Jesus on the Cross and made evident to us by God the Father through the resurrection of Christ from the dead!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:3-5
God Who Raises the Dead
Have you ever noticed how this truth runs throughout the Bible?
Here’s a short list to remind you.
- 2 Corinthians 1:9 But that was to make us rely not on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead.
- 1 Kings 17:22 The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.
- Ezekiel 37:5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
- Romans 4:16 . . .the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being those things that were not.
- Acts 26:8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
- John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life. . .
- Hebrews 11:35 Women received back their their dead, raised to life again.
- Luke 20:37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord,’the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.