1 Corinthians 15:3-8
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.
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.
My redeemer Jesus Christ lives. He lives today. Jesus Christ is eternal. Today many celebrate Easter. There are Christians from strong bible teaching churches who prefer to call this day Resurrection Day. Christians are celebrating the culmination of Christ Jesus’ death and burial, which is the resurrection. He took the punishment for our wrong through crucifixion. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
After, his burial, up from the grave he arose on the third day and ascended to be with God the Father. His tomb was empty (Luke 24 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-5) Jesus reigns as the only wise and loving Savior. Praise the Lord. In the non-Christian faiths, prophets and even animals receive worship. They are all mortal, having been born and died or will die. None of them are eternal and live and reign with God. Only Jesus Christ can do that. Only Christians can claim a living Savior. Hallelujah.
This is a repost (with a few tweaks) from my former blog.
During your Easter/Resurrection holiday celebration, do not forget to pray for people in other lands who experience persecution for making Jesus Christ their Savior. Here in this wonderful country, we take much for granted, such as our Christian freedoms. Think about the bibles in American homes that collect dust! A few weeks ago I heard a missionary share that in Vietnam where there is strong ancestral worship, there are not many bibles. In fact there is sharing of bibles that are totally hand written.
I have heard the name of Christ defamed. I have been called snide names to my face and much more behind my back, because of my identification with the Lord Jesus Christ! But that is no big deal in comparing and contrasting what Christians go through in Islamic countries and other countries where Christianity is officially castigated or even forbidden. Some people in other parts of the world experience denied medical treatment, being hunted down like an animal, face life imprisonment, or have even be executed because they accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. I have never feared any of that happening to me as a Christian in this country.
Please visit the International Christian Response, Persecuted Church and Voice of the Martyrs for specific prayer needs of persecuted Christians.