Lebanon Reporter

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April 18, 2014

The Resurrection - the heart of the matter

In just two days, we will celebrate the one event that changed the course of history for all lives that were and are still searching for redemption from sin and the gateway through which eternal life is promised — “The Resurrection of Jesus — the Christ,” the promised Messiah. It will be said that it is a matter of personal faith, and I agree, but as the song writer has written:May Faith Has Found a Resting Place, not in device or creedI trust the Ever-living One – His wounds for me shall pleadI need no other argument; I need no other plea.

It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.

At the death of Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, Jesus said to Lazarus’ sister Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 (NIV)Jesus had told us through His lifetime that He is the way, the truth, the life, the bread of life, the door, the Good shepherd, and ultimately the Resurrection and the life. I have found all of these claims to be proven in my life with Christ and in the lives of all who have chosen to put their faith and trust in the resurrected Christ.

In this day of many opinions, many books, and a smorgasbord of gods and creeds, I still find my foundational and ultimate hope in the virgin birth, the holy life, the sacrificial death, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus the Christ. As we pause for this weekend to observe this scared and holy event, may we who know Him share Him in word and deed to a world that is desperately searching for hope in an overwhelming number of ways.

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