Palm Sunday kicks off Resurrection Week, and many churches and Christian institutions are commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ with special services and ceremonies. Grace Pointe is no different. We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at the Depot Pavilion in Brownwood, formally known as the Stuart and Margaret Coleman Plaza.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. For without the resurrection, we have little reason to expect life after death, nor do we have any real reason to look forward to Heaven. Without the resurrection, holy living would be pointless, as would be our entire religion. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross. When He rose again, He conquered the grave and secured eternal salvation for us. We have much to celebrate next week.
There are three things that come to my mind when I think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1. Nothing is impossible with God. This theme is reiterated throughout the Bible, and the resurrection is just one instance where we realize that God is capable of anything. He can cause a virgin to conceive and give birth. He can cause time to stop, or the sun to move in reverse. He can turn off the sun’s light, part the Red Sea, heal the most infirmed among us, and He can raise His only begotten Son from the dead.
This is important to us, because it reminds us that God is bigger than the struggles we face in life. It’s also important because it reminds us that God can solve the most insurmountable problems we face.
2. God can, and will, heal. I was listening to a Christian talk show one evening where a man relayed how God saved His marriage. During the interview, the man recounted how he told his pastor that there was no hope for his marriage, that not even God Himself could save His marriage. The pastor then looked at this man and said, “So, you’re telling me that the same God who raised Jesus from the dead cannot raise your marriage from the dead?”
Being reminded of the power of God as evidenced through the resurrection, the man re-committed himself to the Lord, sought marriage counseling with his wife, and the marriage was saved.
The same God that raised Jesus from the dead and saved that man’s marriage can save your marriage, empower you to overcome addiction, heal you of your health problems, and heal you of the scars of your past. He can, and He will.
3. That we are safe. With Christ risen from the grave, and seated at the right hand of the throne of God, we have a continual advocate before God the Father. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then you have been rescued from the judgment of God, and will be received into His Kingdom. This is a blessing that you cannot lose, because Christ constantly advocates with God to keep you saved. Therefore, no matter what happens to you in this world, you have the assurance that when this life is over, you will be received into a place of eternal blessing.
In light of the resurrection, we are reminded that we are never alone, and God is working His plan in our lives. Knowing that should give us the faith to go forward in life without fear.
This post is just a surface-level observation of the power the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings to our lives. Over the next week and a half, we’ll take a closer look at the resurrection, and remember how the Lord has blessed us.