Monday, April 08, 2013

He has Risen!

Romans 10:9 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

We have just finished celebrating Easter at our church, what a wonderful weekend it has been. Have you ever wondered why it is so important that Jesus rose from the grave?

Animal sacrifice became necessary when humankind became tainted with sin. Beginning with the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, then became more important with the introduction of the Ten Commandments. The Idea being, the offering could pay the penalty of our sin and replace it with innocence.

However, an animal used for sacrifice did not rise from dead. Jesus did and the Bible makes a big deal out of it. Why is this so important?

The Bible says in Hebrews 9:12, "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His [Jesus'] own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." Hebrews 9:14 says, "... Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God ..."

Unlike animals used for offerings, Jesus had everlasting life. We read in Matthew 1:18, "After His [Jesus'] mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit." Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit.

Animal sacrifices needed to be offered regularly. Jesus entered the holy place once for all. His blood was eternally shed. It never stops. This means our sin is cleansed even before it happens. This means sin can never again separate the believer from God.

Without God, I was useless. I was powerless against sin, I did not release a lot of good fruit, and I was not the wisest individual out there. God will never force Himself into my life, but He is always available. I know that sin can never separate us, so His power, wisdom, and fruit are all available to me. All I have to do is ask.

I have learned to ask God for His wisdom according to James 1:5. I ask for His power to declare healing over others according to Mark 16:18. I ask for His blessings and favor over the lives of my loved ones according to Isaiah 44:3. I ask Him to be strength in all my weaknesses in-line with 2 Corinthians 13:9. Since I know nothing can separate us, not even sin, I confidently expect results.

If you have a need---ask. You are continually righteous in His sight, He loves to honor the prayer of a righteous man (Ja. 5:16).

Be blessed!

For easy reference I have included these Scriptures:
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Mark 16:18 ... They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
2 Corinthians 13:9 (NLT) We are glad to seem weak if it helps show that you are actually strong.
James 5:16 The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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