Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Christ is Living, verse 3

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:9

Jesus' triumphant resurrection means that death is dead forever! Because He lives, death is swallowed up in victory!

For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" I Corinthians 15:53-55

Sin has lost its poison sting. Jesus came to this earth as a human, lived, suffered and died, but that was not the end of the story. He rose from the dead, and is alive forever. And because of that, we will also live forever with Him in glory.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. I Corinthians 15:20-26

By one man came death - that man was Adam. His sin in the Garden of Eden put humanity on the sinful track. Because of his sin, we are all sinners, and are separated from God. But by a man also came resurrection of the dead - that man is Christ! He purchased our redemption through His death on the cross and His resurrection brought us victory over death. Because of our humanity, we like Adam will all suffer death, but because of Christ's humanity, we will be made alive!

I agree with the hymnwriter, we should be singing "Thanks be to God!" with our every breath!

Because Christ is risen, we too can live. Spread the word of grace abroad. I was just thinking about that this morning when I heard on the radio that some people believe that the Great Commission will be accomplished within this generation! When all the people in the whole world have heard the Gospel, then Jesus can return to claim His bride!

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14

Christ is Living! Spread the word! And praise His name!

Christ is Living (Christo Vive)
Words by Nicolas Martinez, translated to English by Martin A. Seltz

Christ is living! Gone with sorrow! Tears and terror, be no more.
Death and grave, you now are nothing; Christ is free of every power.
Why then seek the living Savior in the haunts of death and fear?
Christ is risen! Shout the good news so that all the world may hear.

For if Christ is not arisen there is nothing to believe.
Truth be told, He keeps the promise: "Since I live you too shall live."
Dust we are, to dust returning, but in Christ we are restored.
Doubt dispelling, claim the triumph: Jesus is the living Lord!

Death is swallowed up in victory; sin has lost its poison sting.
Life will blossom from the grain sown,
Christ the first fruits of the spring.
For the sureness of salvation let us sing "Thanks be to God!"
Christ is risen! We are living! Spread the word of grace abroad.

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