Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Resurrection Truth & You... much more than eggs...

The day on which you will be most thankful for Easter Resurrection Truth will be that day on which your heart stops beating.  Seeing as how you don't expect that day to be today, you're most likely already tempted to stop reading this.

But God wants to us to be firm in these truths now, that we might be not be overcome with terror then.

Psalm 49, which is all about death & how God's people respond to it, says this:  "God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol [the Grave, Death personified], for he will receive me."

John Calvin, commenting on that verse, wrote this:
We have here a convincing proof of that faith in which the saints under the Law lived and died.  It is evident that their views were directed to another and a higher life, to which the present life was only preparatory.  The promises of the Law were spiritual, and our fathers who embraced them were willing to confess themselves pilgrims upon earth, and sought an inheritance in heaven.  The despairing fears which so many entertain when descending to the grave spring from the fact of their not commending their spirit to the preserving care of God.  They do not consider it in the light of a precious deposit which will be safe in his protecting hands.  Let our faith be established in the great truth, that our soul, though it appears to vanish upon its separation from the body, is in reality only gathered to the bosom of God, there to be kept until the day of resurrection.

Remember the Great Conqueror's strong words in Revelation 1.18:  "I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades."

Think about what that means.  Keys indicate authority.  Jesus owns death.  He has all power over death.  He tells death what to do, and death must listen to and obey him.  Jesus once submitted to death, and then defeated it.  And ever since that day, he calls all the shots.

He is Risen.  Alleluia.  

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