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But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. Romans 5:8-9
By Red Miller
One Sunday late in Lent, a Sunday School teacher decided to ask her class what they knew about Easter. The first little fellow suggested, “Easter is when all the family comes together to eat turkey and watch football.” The teacher suggested that perhaps he was thinking of Thanksgiving, not Easter. Next, a pretty little girls answer said, “Easter is the day when you come down the stairs in the morning and you see all the beautiful presents under the tree.” At this point, the teacher was feeling very discouraged. After explaining that the girl was probably thinking about Christmas, she called on a lad with his hand tentatively raised in the air. Her spirits perked up as the boy said, “Easter is the time when Jesus was crucified and buried.” She felt she had gotten through to at least one child, until he added, “And then He comes out of the grave, and if He sees His shadow we have six more weeks of winter.”
I don’t think Christ’s resurrection determines when spring will come, but there was something that did bothered me as a child. Jesus was victorious over the grave. In my young mind, however I thought, Jesus is God and has the power to defeat death and go to the Father in heaven and live forever. But, what about me? I’m simply a human being and don’t have that power so where is my hope? I went to my pastor and asked that question. The pastor said” You don’t have the power and that’s why Jesus did it for you.”
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 1 Corinthians 15:21-23 Man could not defeat sin so God had to come to earth as a man to do it for us.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy! Philip. 1:4