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October 13th

"And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain."  1 Corinthians 15:14

"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also have fallen asleep (died) in Christ has perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied."  1 Corinthians 15: 17-19

"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:22

I am so that thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the power of God for salvation.  The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ, and that He came with the purpose of dying on the Cross to forgive us of all of our sins.  Jesus was buried, but on the third day He rose from the dead.  He went back to Heaven to prepare a place of us, and to intercede on our behalf and soon and very soon He will return to take us home with Him.  This sounds crazy but this is the power of the Gospel.

If Jesus just died and did not rise again on the third day.  Then our preaching is empty, vain, false, and powerless.  But Jesus did rise from the dead.  How do we know that?  I know it because of the Bible and that Jesus lives in me and in all believers that have accepted Him.  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile and we are still lost in our sins and have no hope for Heaven.  Heaven is a gift and we cannot work or earn heaven.  When we are born again, we have faith in Christ Jesus.  "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because we must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who have faith in Him."  Without Jesus there is no answer for our sins!  "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life."  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we have no hope after the grave.  But Jesus rose again and because of the resurrection we have the hope of heaven.

I am thankful for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ because of the difference it has made in my life.  I was a sinner, but Jesus died for me to forgive me of all my sins!  But when I accepted Christ the same power that rose Christ from the dead, now lives in me.  There is a resurrection that takes place in our lives when we come to Jesus Christ!

Today, the resurrection is a personal testimony in every Child of God!  Have you experienced salvation personally?  Are you sure that you are going to heaven when you die?  "Jesus is the way, the the truth and the life (resurrection), and no man comes to the Father except through the Son.

Today, let us walk in the power of the Resurrected Jesus!  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."  Do you have that hope today?

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