Friday, April 14, 2006

Bible Thoughts, 1 Cor 15: 3, 4 : I hope because of the Risen Christ

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15: 3,4)

The past few Holy Week nights we're reading the last chapters of John, Luke, Matthew. It's our family devotion. My school-age kids, Christine and Paul, answer quizzes from Daddy and Mommy along with our sharing, prayers, and singing. My wife Imelda plays the keyboard. Our 3-year-old baby Angel, she just wiggles around.

Light of dawn on a Sunday morning shines into an empty tomb. Jesus' body is not in the grave. He is risen! The One who died on the Cross came back to life. That fact forever changed my life and the life of millions all over the world.

It's Easter. But today, commercials try to substitute the easter bunny for the reality of the risen Christ. Our culture tries to ignore the Cross and the empty tomb. It always offers substitutes to us.

I hope because of the Risen Christ. Sometimes, I get affected or driven by circumstances. But when I go back to the truth of Christ's resurrection I remember that there is hope and life beyond death. My seeming endless grind is not all there is. Nothing here on earth is forever.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your gift of eternal life. It keeps me from being beaten up by the circumstances of this temporary world.

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