He Still Rises
Friday, April 09, 2010
By Pastor Marquis Boone
This week's topic: Resurrection
A Sunday School teacher had just finished telling her third graders about how Jesus was crucified and placed in a tomb with a great stone sealing the opening. Then, wanting to share the excitement of the resurrection, she asked "And what do you think were Jesus’ first words when He came bursting out of that tomb alive?" A hand shot up into the air from the rear of the classroom. Attached to it was the arm of a little girl. Leaping out of her chair she shouted out excitedly "I know, I know!" "Good" said the teacher, "Tell us, what Jesus’ first words were?" And extending her arms high into the air she said Jesus first words were "TA-DA!"
Pastor Marquis Boone
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Romans 6:4 "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
The resurrection of Christ is amazing and life changing. Everything hinges on the resurrection in our deepest, darkest moments. When we don’t think anything can ever get better the resurrection gives us hope that it can. When we are in the midst of day one or day two of our trials and situations, the resurrection gives us hope that there is a day three and victory is coming. But one of the errors, slip-ups, mistakes, and faults that the people that crucified Jesus made was that they put all of their efforts and energy in trying to do damage to His body. And they overlooked, ignored, and disregarded the most powerful thing that they would never be able to damage and that is His spirit.
Yes they beat Him and it caused pain, yes they spit on Him and it caused dishonor, they made Him carry a cross and it caused exhaustion, of course they put a crown of thrones on His head thinking it would some how control His mind. While making a mockery of Him being the king of glory, yes they called Him everything but the savior, they even nailed His hands and feet causing blood to rush out. They also nailed His feet and of course pieced Him in His side. But the fault they made was they could not damage His spirit or heart, but because He still had the aptitude to have a good spirit He still had the power to give God praise.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.” Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)
You see folks have been putting all of their energy and efforts in trying to do damage to your body, to your name, to your reputation, to your position but they don’t realize that your heart is still cheerful because you know that all things are working together for the good and you will not allow the present time to brake your spirit.
Because of Christ, even today He is about to rise up in you and in your situation and He is about to give you an encore. Encore means a reappearance or additional performance demanded by an audience it is a second achievement especially that surpasses the first. This time when God stands up in you it will surpass every other time He moved in your life. Christ could not stay down, Christ could not stay in a grave because there were a host of angles, a host of believers, a host of friends and family waiting to see His reappearance. And because of His resurrection you are about to see a resurrection in your life.
Remember He still rises!
Scripture Of The Day: "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." - Romans 6:4 NKJV