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Yesterday I was listening to music.  When I woke up it was time to make lunch.  The song on at the time was by Greater Vision and is titled “I Know A Man Who Can”.  We are needing a miracle in my family right now.  We are watching as one of our dear members slowly transitions down in health and upward toward Heaven.  This is a painful process.  I have not been able to make it to the hospital for several days due to schedules and shift changes.

With this in mind I was listening to this song; which is a favorite of mine, and some thoughts came to my mind.  Let me share some of these thoughts.

I. I Know A Man Who Can – heal the broken heart.
Look at John 20:15, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”  For the most part those who followed Jesus believed He was who He said He was.  Then they watched Him be crucified and then buried.  How would you feel?  You and I would be crushed.  We would be disillusioned.  There is an entire gamut of feelings associated with what these people had and were going through.

Then Mary in this state goes to the tomb of Jesus.  She sees a man that she thinks is the gardener.  When she speaks to this Person she finds out it is Jesus.  Then all the feelings fade away in sight.  The disillusionment drops off like rain off a duck’s back.  All the wrong feelings disappear at the revelation of who Jesus really is to Mary.

Now, let’s make this personal.  I don’t know what is happening or not happening in your life.  I can tell you this for sure.  If you will come to faith in Jesus Christ the trials of life will probably not get better.  What changes is your perspective on the problems and your response should change also.  This will make all the difference in the world.  You see, “I Know A Man Who Can.”  Take your needs and cares to Him and let Him work in your life.

So, how are you doing?

The Gospel

Christians are always going around talking about “The Gospel”.  So, what is it?  Look at what Paul says in I Corinthians 15:1, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;”  The gospel is so important that the Apostle Paul does not want people he knows to be ignorant of it.  So he goes on to tell us what the gospel is.

First of all the gospel is the death of Jesus Christ.  Look at I Corinthians 15:3, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”  Sin demands payment.  Our sin demands a payment.  That payment must be perfect.  The only One who could die to pay that debt was Jesus Christ.  I love Paul’s words at the end of this verse where he says, “according to the scriptures;”.  He is telling us that we have God’s word on the truth of the gospel.  The world has seen religious leaders come and go; but, none were ever like Jesus Christ.  You can find the bones of those others; but, you will never find the remains of Jesus.  He died; but, that is only the first part of the gospel.  You must believe that Jesus died; and, that He died for you and your sin.

Secondly the gospel is the burial of Jesus Christ.  Look at I Corinthians 15:4, “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”  Jesus literally died and was buried.  He was buried in a borrowed tomb.  All this was done according to the Word of God.  We could say that he only borrowed a tomb because He would only need it for three days.  Again, you must believe that Jesus was buried on your behalf.  He died as the Sinless Sacrifice for your and my sin.  Because He died, He was buried.

Thirdly the gospel is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Again, look at I Corinthians 15:4, “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”.  The phrase “rose again” means to awaken from death.  Again, He did not stay in the grave.  He got up (resurrected); thus, conquering death, hell and the grave.  It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

That is the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Word of God.  Here is the thing.  You have now been shown the gospel.  It is up to you what you do with it.  You can either put your faith and trust in Jesus for salvation or you can once again reject Him.  If you do not trust Christ as your Saviour then you sentence yourself to eternity in hell.  The choice is your’s to make.

So, how are you doing?

The Promise of the Resurrection

I was sitting here thinking that this would be a good series for Easter.  Actually, instead of celebrating Easter; maybe, we should be celebrating Resurrection Day.  I am sure the world would have an all out fit over that.

There is one thing.  It does not matter if you believe that there is or that there is not a resurrection it does not change the fact that there is one.  The Scriptures record over 3,000 promises.  One of these promises is the promise of the resurrection.

What if you lived life and just died like a cat or dog?  Like would be meaningless.  Seems that the world has come to this conclusion.  They do not believe in Jesus Christ and so it effects their world view and their eternal destination.

We are promised the resurrection by Jesus in John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Jesus always brings people to the moment of decision.  Look at His Words, “Believest thou this?”  Let me ask you the same question.  Do you?  Remember, it matters not if you believe about the resurrection because it is a fact because Jesus promised it.  What does matter is if you have in faith believing put your trust in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.

So, how are you doing?

The Possibility of the Resurrection

The other evening I picked up a local farmer and took him up the road a piece from where he parked his tractor and dropped him off at his truck.  Later that night I had a dream about that encounter.  I will not go into all the details; but, let us just say that there was no possibility of the dream being true.

When I comes to the resurrection there are possibilities.  The Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection.  This is why in Mark 12:23 and parallel passages they asked Jesus about a situation trying to catch Him in what He said.  They believed there was no possibility of a resurrection.  If they would read the Scriptures then they would have to change their minds.

The resurrection is not only a possibility; but, it is a sure thing.  The unsaved will be raised in the resurrection of the unjust.  Those who know Christ as their Saviour will be raised in the resurrection of the just.  The resurrection is a possibility and it is as sure as Jesus and His Word.

So, how are you doing?

The Person of the Resurrection

The Sadducees were pretty sad you see.  Okay, I know.  The reason that the Sadducees were sad was because they did no believe in the resurrection.  Look at what Paul told the Church at Corinth in I Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”  The resurrection should give every Christian great hope.  Bible hope is the expectation of future good.  Case in point:  The Resurrection.

Bible hope often refers to the resurrection of Christ.  He is the Person of the Resurrection.  Look at John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”  Because He raised from the dead we can all rest assured that if we have trusted Him as Saviour then we know for sure that we will also be raised just like Jesus.

Do you believe in the resurrection?  If you do not then you have a serious problem with the Scriptures.  It is a major Bible doctrine.  The great thing is that Jesus, is the Resurrection and the Life.  This gives us all hope, or at least it should.

So, how are you doing?

Three To Make Ready

As I look around it seems to me that service is a lost art today.  Most everyone wants to be waited upon and almost nobody wants to wait on anyone else.  This is sad; but, it has crept into the Church too.  I mean, Jesus Himself put on a towel and washed dirty feet.  Gross!  Why would the King of kings and LORD of lords do such a thing?  He was setting an example for those then, us now and those in the future.  This was the right thing to do.  When someone came to your house they probably walked and with sandals their feet would get extremely dirty.  It was a custom to have water and towels for these dirty feet to be cleaned before entry into the home.

This example of service was also seen in Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome.  They knew of Jesus death and they went to the tomb with burial spices and oil to anoint Jesus.  This was just the right thing to do.  However, Jesus’ death and burial were different.  He only intended to use the grave for a short time and then leave for another to use.

Out of love and respect for Jesus these three women came to prepare Jesus’ mortal body.  Look at Mark 16:1, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”

What they found was something far different.  Jesus was gone.  He was alive and risen from the dead.  He had conquered death, hell and the grave.  Amen!  If you will trust Him today you can have eternal salvation and the fear of death can leave you forever.

So, how are you doing?

Resurrection Day 2014

Let me start off by wishing you a blessed and happy Resurrection Day 2014.  I have been so turned off by the secularization of holidays that I could scream.  On Christmas we have the red devil himself santa clause.  On the day of all days that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ the world wants us to focus on the easter bunny and easter eggs.

It is my opinion that the Church has sit by and let the world take something else away from us.  The sad part is that we have sit by and surrendered it.  This is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!  If there is no resurrection then we are in for a big surprise at the end of life for sure.

Watch secular television and it is filled with garbage that they call entertainment and even investigative reporting on what they call “The true meaning of Easter”.  They are clueless.  It is up to you and I who know Jesus as our Saviour to carry the message to this lost world.  The world wants to report on everything; but, what are we reporting on?  Look at Isaiah 53:1, “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”

So, how are you doing?

 

 

Can These Dry Bones Live

Yesterday I spent some time with my family going to western Indiana for a graveside service for another family member that passed away back in the winter.  It was a nice service.  The honor guard was there.  The folding of the flag seems to choke me up every time.  Each fold means something different.  As the men folded the flag I felt the tears run down my face.  The twenty-one gun salute is always a favorite too.

As I stood and listened to the Pastor encourage us concerning “the warrior” he took us to the Psalms and offered a good message.  My mind focused on Ezekiel 37:3, “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”  The answer to this rhetorical question is yes.

If you have a birth date you will have a death date or you will be taken in the rapture of the Church.  That is the only two options for a Christian.  I was so thankful to know that our relative knew Christ as his Saviour.  It sure makes it easier on the family.  See you at the house, Jim.

Again, “can these dry bones live?”  Then can and the will.  They will either reside in a real place called hell if the person never trusts Jesus Christ for eternal salvation or they will reside in Heaven for all eternity if the person trusts Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.  The choice is up to each individual.

So, how are you doing?

Death

Headlines:  “400 Officers Attend Kindergarten Graduation in Place of a Fallen Colleague” link here.  “Crawfordsville Twins Involved in Deadly Crash on the Way to School”  link here.  “Bridge Collapses in Washington State”  link here.

This is only the beginning of the news that I have received the past week.  Too many of us live like we will live forever.  This is true.  We will all live forever.  The decision you make today will effect that eternal destination.

Some of us have a lifestyle that says as Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way”.  This will not cut it in eternity.  You see there are two resurrections.  The resurrection of the just and the resurrection of the unjust.   Look at Acts 24:15, “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”

Those who are justified by the blood of Jesus will be resurrected to eternal life in Heaven with Jesus and all those saved through the ages.  The unjust, or those who have never trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour will be resurrected to eternal punishment or damnation.  They will live for eternity in hell and be in torment.

The solution here is simple.  You need to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and then your eternal destiny will be sealed and you can rest in Christ.

So, how are you doing?

The End of the Beginning

As I write this our son is watching “The Story Keepers” on You Tube.  As I listen a Roman soldier says to Ben the baker, “Jesus died and that is the end of the story.”  Ben replies, “No, it’s just the beginning.”  The truth there will make even a pickled Baptist shout.

On one of the Gaither Gospel series videos David Phelps sings a song title, “The End of the Beginning”.  It is a little too rock and roll for me; but, I have to say that the message is powerful.

People today are hoping that when Jesus entered the tomb that it was the end.  Dear reader, if that is your attitude I must tell you that He is alive.  You see, three days later Jesus got up and folded the napkin signifying he was finished and He arose.  By this He proved that He was deity as He had been telling the people.  Yet, there are still the nay-sayers.  It does not matter what we think or “feel”.  What matters is that He proved by His Resurrection that He is in fact God in the flesh.

Then there is the truth that if Christ be risen that we will be raised from the dead also.  Look at I Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”  No, there is no die like a dog and that is it.  There is a resurrection of just and the unjust.  Which will you go in?  Trust Jesus Christ today before it is eternally too late, please.

So, how are you doing?