This Resurrection Sunday or as it’s commonly known as Easter, many will celebrate the rising of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here’s three (Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1) confirming Scriptures that faithfully report of His rising from the grave on the third day. “And he (the angel) said unto them, Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) “And we (the Apostles) are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.” (Acts 10:39-40)
Here now are three extra-biblical witnesses of Christ being raised up. “Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.” Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 AD), “the greatest historian” of ancient Rome. “At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive.” Flavius Josephus (37-97 AD), court historian for Emperor Vespasian. “The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws. Lucian, 2nd century Greek Satirist.
During the late 70’s through the early 90’s, many churches celebrated the Resurrection with the classic song “Rise Again” by Dallas Holmes. Even today this song still is a inspirational one. He reported that this song came to him during a period of struggle in his life. Normally for him the songs flowed out like living waters, but at that time he was fresh out of ideas for a song. Dallas then prayed, ‘Well, Lord, if you were transported to this time and this place, what would You say?’ I then got a mental age of Jesus with the beard and the rope and the whole thing just standing onstage with a guitar. I didn’t hear any voices from heaven, no thunderclaps or lightning flashes, but I began to write, and it was literally like taking dictation. In 10 minutes tops, the music and words came out and it was done.” His song won the 1977 Dove Award for Song of the Year. The lyrics to his gospel hit, “Rise Again.”
Go ahead, drive the nails in my hands
Laugh at me where you stand
Go ahead, and say it isn’t me
The day will come, when you will see!
‘Cause I’ll rise again
Ain’t no power on earth can tie me down
Yes, I’ll rise again
Death can’t keep me in the ground!
Go ahead, and mock my name
My love for you is still the same
Go ahead, and bury me
But very soon I will be free!
’Cause I’ll rise again
Ain’t no power on earth can tie me down
Yes, I’ll rise again
Death can’t keep me in the ground!
Go ahead, and say I’m dead and gone
But you will see that you were wrong
Go ahead, try to hide the Son
But all will see that I’m the One!
‘Cause I’ll Come again
Ain’t no power on earth can keep me back
Yes, I’ll come again
Come to take my people back
This Resurrection Sunday or if you call it Easter, remember that your greatly loved by God. In Christ, we all are accepted, secure and significant. Let no man take your crown. Remain faithful unto the end to Jesus, and you will reap great rewards. Here’s an inspirational list of verses to contemplate.
I am a child of God
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
I’m Jesus’ chosen friend.
John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
I’m holy and acceptable to God (justified)
Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I’m united to the Lord Jesus and have One spirit, His.
1 Corinthian 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I’m a part of Christ’s body, part of His family.
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
I’m a saint, a Holy One.
Ephesians 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.”
I have been adopted as Christ’s child.
Ephesians 1:5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
I have been bought back (redeemed) and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
I’m complete in Christ.
Colossians 2:10 “And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
I am free forever from punishment.
Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
I know all things work together for my good.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
I’m free from any condemning charges against me.
Romans 8:31 “What, shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
I can’t be separated from the love of God.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
I’m hidden with Christ in God
Colossians 3:3 “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
I’m sure that the good work that God has started in me will be finished.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
I’m a citizen of heaven with the rest of God’s family.
Ephesians 2:19 “Now, therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”
I can find grace and mercy in times of need.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
1 John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.”
I’m significant and important. I’m salt and light for everyone around me.
Matthew 5:13-14 “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
I’m a part of the true vine, joined to Christ and able to produce lots of fruit.
John 15:1, 5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman (gardener). “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
I’m hand-picked by Jesus to bear fruit.
John 15:16 “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
I’m have put on Christ by faith.
Galatians 3:26-28 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
I’m a temple where the Holy Spirit lives.
1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
I’m at peace with God, as He has given me the work of making peace between Himself and other people.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
I’m God’s co-worker.
2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
I’m seated with Christ in heaven.
Ephesians 2:6 “And (God) has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
I’m God’s building project, His handiwork, created to do His work.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
I’m able to do all things through Christ who give me strength.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” .”
Some final inspirational words for you to take on this journey called life.
”The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
”It’s better to fight for something, than to strive for nothing. Remember that God allows us to return to Him.”