TRUST: Jesus is Alive


Out of honor and respect for God, I did not write anything yesterday because we all should have looked to Him on Easter. Now that the official day is over, I want to say that God expects us to TRUST: Jesus is Alive.

For those of you who went to church yesterday, I am sure that you heard a message revolving around Jesus coming out of the tomb. Here are a few verses that I read Saturday in preparation for Sunday.

Matthew 28:6-7
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Mark 16:6
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

Luke 24:6
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee

All of those verses give an account and testify to TRUST: Jesus is Alive. Had Jesus not risen from the grave, He could not offer us life after death. 1 Corinthians 15 is a great passage to support this truth. There we learn, “21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.“Because He defeated death, we can have victory over death because of Him. We learn in the same passage ““Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

TRUST: Jesus is Alive. As a testament to that fact, I am here and have been here for the past 32 years interacting with Him through the Holy Spirit. While Easter is vitally important, the celebration of it can be misleading. The truth is that the Triune God expects us to celebrate the resurrection of Christ daily by living in obedience to His Word. In response to His disciples question about showing Himself to them and not the world, Jesus said,“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:23-24)

Previously in John 14:15, Jesus said, 15 “If you love me, keep my commands.” God commands us to spend time with Him daily to develop our relationship with Him through Christ Jesus. How many of us read the Word daily? More than that, how many of us obey what we read? Do we make excuses saying God knows my heart? What about praying? Do you commune with God as He says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray continually” In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us “33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Furthermore, right before He was crucified, Jesus modeled communion for the disciples. In Luke 22:18-20, Jesus said “18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” In 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” When questioned about the greatest commandment, “37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) The greatest command that He has given us is to love Him. We know if you love Him, you will obey Him. Jesus creates a circle or cycle that is perpetual. Love then obey. Obey then love.

Our love and obedience is measured by our TRUST in God. What we believe drives what we do. If you don’t think something is safe, you will not engage or indulge whether that is food or a command. If we do not have a strong, sound and unwavering handle on TRUST: Jesus is Alive, we will not obey Him. This is why I believe the greatest action of man is to TRUST God. Remember, “without faith it is impossible to please God.”Hebrews 11:6 Faith or TRUST in God operationalizes the relationship and promises God. We see this in Jesus’ conversation with Martha about the death of her brother Lazarus. “25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25-27)

Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, God raised Him from the dead; therefore, we must TRUST: Jesus is Alive. Remember Jesus said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  John 6:29 Let us just believe, please God and be blessed.  TRUST: Jesus is Alive. 

There is something coming your way today. I don’t know what it is, but it will require us all to believe in Jesus. Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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