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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sunday Snippets: The Foundation of Our Faith

Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him."

1 Corinthians 15:16-20 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 

Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone!! Though we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord every Sunday, this is a special time each year when we can take time to consider Christ's sacrifice, His burial, and His triumph over the grave.

Think for a moment about where you would be right now if Jesus had NOT risen from the dead. If Christianity was fake, and there was no hope for when you stepped out of this world, where would you be? On the street somewhere, ravaged by drugs? Working 80 hours a week to support your kids without a husband to help you? Living "the good life" with lots of money and accomplishments? If Christ had not risen from the dead, would any of those scenarios really be worse than the others? After all, all you get is this life. If Christ didn't rise, there is no Christianity. We have trusted in something that cannot save us. Our faith is just like every other religion out there: no foundation. Where is Bhudda right now? In the grave. Where is Confucius? Dead. What about Joseph Smith? Still dead. All of them are STILL in their graves!! But tell me: where is Jesus Christ? In the grave? NO!! Christianity is the only faith that can truly say that our King of Kings is no longer in His grave! And that is why we can trust Him. THAT is why we can know that we have eternal life, because He proved His power, irrefutably and irrevocably, when He walked out of that borrowed tomb. He has the power to lay down His life, and to take it up again, and He has the power to save our souls once and for all, granting us eternal life with Him. 

If you are trusting in a religion, good works, or a man long dead and gone to save your soul, your foundation will crumble away beneath you when you walk out of this life. The only way to heaven is to turn away from sin and to God, trusting Him to save you. He is the only One Who can! 

As we celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Saviour today, let's always remember where He brought us out of. Christ is risen indeed!

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