Alive For Evermore. Amen.

Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. – Jesus Christ, Revelation 1:17-18, KJV

These words of our Lord Jesus Christ give us the foundation of our faith as Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ, who came to Earth, died for our sins, rose again in conquering triumph over death & Hell, and lives to this day at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, ever advocating and interceding for us.

The apostle Paul, about 20 years after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, wrote of the importance of Christ’s resurrection: “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up–if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

Those words were penned by a man who had witnessed the Lord in His heavenly glory, by a man who could converse with the witnesses of Christ’s walk on Earth prior to His ascension. From such a man comes a humble admission that if Christ has not risen from the grave, then we are false witnesses, and that there is no afterlife, for those who die simply perish.

Let the scriptures speak to you:

  • But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6, NKJV).
  • But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See thep lace where they laid Him” (Mark 16:6, NKJV).
  • Then as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again'” (Luke 24:5-7, NKJV).
  • And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. (John 20:5-9, NKJV)
  • Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: 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, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, NKJV)

Hallelujah. Today, during the Days of Unleavened Bread and the Passover, we remember the sacrifice our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made so long ago. We remember how that He died to take unto Himself the punishment which is rightfully ours for our sins of lying, stealing, lusting, coveting, blaspheming, hating, fornicating, and so much more. “He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried.”

And we remember that on the third day, praise the Lord, Jesus Christ rose up from the grave and claimed the keys of Death and of Hell.

He asks merely that we believe into Him, so that we may become a partaker of His inheritance with the Father as a Son of God, a Brother of Jesus Christ. Turn from your sins, embrace Jesus Christ. Trust Him to save your soul as you would trust a parachute to save you from a falling plane. Just as in a freefall, you cannot save yourself, so is your condition of being in your sins. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ; let Him save you as you would a parachute.

Today, the Lord reaches out to you. Tomorrow may never come for you, for “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27, NKJV). Decide today what to do with the Lord Jesus Christ. I love you, and I want to see you in Heaven.

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