Today, we not only celebrate the life and death, but the resurrection of Jesus the Christ! Christmas is important, without the birth of our Savior there would be no Easter celebration, but without the Resurrection, we would not celebrate His birth! His birth split time into BC, Before Christ and AD, Anno Domini. But again this would not have happened if Jesus would have been just another good teacher, or religious leader.
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The resurrection of Jesus is a call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). It is a call to learn and grow, to seek, to mature, it is a call to reason – an appeal from God to those dead in their sin, to come out of the tomb, to come to the light and receive eternal life.
The resurrection stops his people from asking, “what is best for me?”
The resurrection, the new life we have in Christ, allows us, enables us, to forgive others, ourselves, Jesus said “Forgive them for they now not what they do.”
But none of this would have happened without the obedience of the two that were sent… Imagine if they didn’t follow what Jesus said… if they had been disobedient to what they were told… If you do not follow His teachings, if you are not obedient to the knowledge you have, then you are living in unbelief. If you are not seeking after Christ, following to learn, then you are stale, stuck, and stagnant and, therefore, in danger of falling away in unbelief!
When you responded to the call of God to come to Jesus and to receive the gift offered you in what He accomplished on the cross, at that point you were commissioned to be His witness in this world as part of His Church, to bring about change, to build community through the application of the one anothers of God’s Word and to reach out to your neighbor!
Oh but Pastor I couldn’t possibly do that. I don’t have the knowledge…
Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb, Lazarus answered that call…Jesus called him who was dead in the flesh out of his tomb; He calls the world dead in their sin to new life in Him! Jesus opened the way for us to be raised. “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?” Hosea 13:14