Resurrection Day

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Today is a great day of celebration for believers in Jesus around the world, it is the day when we reflect and rejoice over the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

This is not a myth as suggested by pseudo-historians claiming that the resurrection is a recycling of “dying and rising gods” from the ancient mystery religions. The so called similarities are overstated with lots of overreaching, special pleading and, well, lies!*

The fact is Jesus actually rose from the dead. This was an event in history…. actual space-time history, it is an event that actually happened and was reported and recorded by witnesses at the time.

Our faith is in the reality of that event, recorded soon after the fact in the gospel accounts found in the Bible.

The resurrection of Jesus changes everything, now the way into God’s presence is open. God’s original plan, of living in the same place with Man will be accomplished because Jesus defeated death, and by his resurrection life, makes everlasting life available to all those who put their faith in him, swering alligence to him as King.

His Kingdom is advancing and the kingdom if darkness is being swlalowed up in his resurection life. Hear the good news today. The king has come, end your rebellion against him and accept the freedom and new life he offers today.

Let’s celebrate the resurrection of our King, heaven’s champion and humanity’s saviour today!

Consider the account recorded in Mark 16:1-6

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

…and the words of Jesus himself after his resurrection, recorded in Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Have more than just a resurrection day this Easter, go all in and live the resurrection life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

*See Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks for more detail

Gloria a Dios

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Today is a special day to me for a lot of reasons. It’s my birthday and I give God thanks for another year by his grace…. 39 and counting 🙂

It is also Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. It is a day when we remember that Jesus actually died for us and stayed dead until his resurrection. Jesus was not faking it, he endured death and ultimately conquered the grave so that in him, humanity might find life as God always intended, in God’s own presence, the most sacred of places for all eternity.

Quite randomly this morning I started listening to a Spanish playlist with worship and praise songs… many of them are familiar, just in another language… what it reminds me of is the effect Jesus has had around the world on every nation, tribe and tongue, in the most diverse places the suffering, death and resurrection of the Messiah has impacted the sons and daughters of Adam.

Wherever you are today, whatever languages you speak, take the time to praise the God who gave you life and his Son, Jesus the Christ who died to pay the price for your sin so that you could live, together with God (Father, Son and Spirit) forever.

Consider the words of David from Psalm 16:7-11 this Holy Saturday:

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Take time to reflect

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Today is Good Friday, a day when we traditionally remember the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. This year the “Easter” period coincides with the biblical Passover festival too.

Today take the time to reflect on the finished work of Christ, through his suffering and death on the cross. He is the true Passover Lamb and it is by the price he paid on the cross that the way is opened by his blood for us to dwell with God forever.

Consider what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

If you are in London you can join us as we worship together today at Worldwide Mission Fellowship.

Have a good, Good Friday.

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