KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
“While blessing them, He was carried up to heaven. After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem bursting with joy. They were
continually in the Temple praising God.”
There is no event in human history of greater consequence than the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As Paul said, “If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our worship and faith are in vain…ridiculous…just another silly religion.”
The corollary being, “The resurrection of Jesus is the most important fact in human history.”
Because Jesus beat death, we can say with absolute certainty and calm anticipation, “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus!”
Because Jesus beat death and promised the same for us by His grace through faith in Him, we know heaven is a nano-second away from the last breath.
Because Jesus beat death, we are indestructibly happy, whole, joyful, and eternally secure.
“Bursting with joy” and “continually praising God” describe how it’s been for believers since that first Easter morning.
Well, counting multiple Sunday worship services for over four decades, I figure I’ve preached about 100 Easter Day sermons.
It’s hard to rise to the occasion.
Still, I come to Easter Day 2019 with more excitement, energy, enthusiasm, and freshness than ever before; feeling like shouting as loudly as I can with the apostle, “I love Jesus! I am not ashamed of Jesus! He rose from the dead! He is the power for existential and eternal salvation for anyone and everyone who invites Him into the head, heart, and gut as Lord and Savior.”
God knows I’ve approached so many Easter Days with the same apologetic or evidence to prove Jesus rose from the dead: (1) The Church has consistently focused on and referred to the resurrection of Jesus as the keystone of its praise and practice since A.D. 32; (2) The worship calendar shifted for Christians from the Jewish Sabbath (7th day of the week) to Sunday (1st day of the week) because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday (see Mark 16); (3) The New Testament consists of 27 testimonies to our Lord’s resurrection; and (4) The disciples were transformed from cowards into bravehearted gospelers willing to face the tests of torture and martyrdom because of Jesus’ resurrection.
Pero the most convincing proof that Jesus rose from the dead, reigns with Father God, and remains as Holy Spirit is His life in the heads, hearts, and guts of believers: “He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!”
When Jesus is alive in us, it’s impossible to be as miserable as the rest of the world.
God knows we know God knows people are always trying to pull us down into their miseries.
It’s pathetically true.
Misery loves company.
Gloriously, that can’t happen to believers.
They don’t have enough strength to pull us down into their torments because up from the grave He arose!
Oh, they try!
Annnnnnnd there are times when it seems that we want to join them to make them feel some kinda sick something.
We can’t be as miserable as they are without Jesus in the head, heart, and gut because He’s in our heads, hearts, and guts.
It’s impossible to be really, really, really all-the-time sad when we’re saved.
It’s impossible to stay down when He lifts us up with Him by the power of His resurrection.
Everyone who knows Him has the same testimony in four simple sentences.
Before Jesus came into my head, heart, and gut as Lord and Savior, I was miserable.
Jesus came into my head, heart, and gut as Lord and Savior when I let Him in.
Now that Jesus is in my head, heart, and gut, I’m no longer miserable.
If I could leave you with one thing, it would be to urge you with my whole being to let Jesus into your head, heart, and gut as Lord and Savior so you can live happily ever after…unless, of course, you want to stay as miserable as everybody else.
Christians who are always getting closer to God know they’ve never been happier in their lives.
Christians who are always getting closer to God know they’ll be happier tomorrow than they were yesterday or are today.
Christians can’t wipe the smile off their faces because it generates and regenerates and radiates from their souls.
Christians can’t stop loving and laughing and living zestfully because they’ve got the power of His resurrection in their heads, hearts, and guts.
Outward, undaunted, undeterred, undetoured, unrelenting, irrepressible, indestructible, redundant joy is the greatest proof that Jesus rose from the dead, reigns, and remains.
Bursting with joy!
Continually praising God!
That’s Easter Day!
Blessings and Love!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus! Shatter the sound of silence! Salt! Shine! Leavenate!