NO DOUBTING…HE IS RISEN!
Hey, what’s the sign? How do you I know the events will take place like you say? Remember, Moses. God asked him to return to Egypt and liberate a nation of Hebrew slaves. But, Moses was concerned. He had a police record plus an Egyptians tyrant on the throne. So at this juncture, God gave Moses a series of signs to convince him of his mission. There was the miraculous rod, the leprous hand the burning bush and of course the voice from heaven.
Gideon, chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, also responded, “Where are the miracles that our fathers told us about”. He was looking for a sign. He even put out the fleece, twice, as a sign from God that he was called.
Remember, Hezekiah. He was a dying king of Judah who was promised fifteen additional years of life and also deliverance from the King of Assyria. It seemed impossible. Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “what shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me?” The gracious God of heaven who understands our doubts turned back the clockwork of heaven and shadow on the sun dial went back 10 degrees.
A doubting world cries out for a sign. We dare not gamble everything we are on hunches and superstition. Since Jesus Christ is calling us to a life faithfully lived for him and to trust Him with all the unknowns after death. He may place upon us a burden to die a martyr in some forgotten jungle or to turn the other cheek to a vicious enemy. To the one who jealously calls for total submission and surrender…we dare not accept to just some “idea or some childish thought.”
So, our wonderful Savior and all mighty God gives us re-assurance as to a sign. Remember what Jesus said to those who were asking a sign of Him. “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” He also said, “an evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. And no sign shall be given, but the sign of the prophet Jonas; for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Therefore, my friends, as we celebrate Easter or better known as Resurrection day is deemed sufficient by the judge of heaven to convince rational men that Jesus is who he claimed to be. It is deemed sufficient evidence to call you and me to repentance and align ourselves to the cause of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul reminds us in First Corinthians 15 and verse 14, “that if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain”.
So my friend this historical fact, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, has convinced honest skeptics and strengthened Christians faith. Someone once said that dishonest skeptics will not believe even though one who rises from the dead.
So therefore my friends, the sign of the resurrection directs everyone down the path to eternal life. Our Bible Boost from today is from Matthew 28 and verses 5 through 7. “The angel said to the women; do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Now 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.”
“why seek you the living among the dead, he is not here, for he has risen.
Glory to the king of kings and lord of lords. He has risen.
I am praying for you and your family,