Sunday, April 9, 2023

Easter Sunday Message - Blessed Assurance of Salvation

Today we celebrate the most joyous occasion in all of Christianity, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a day that marks the triumph of light over darkness, of hope over despair, and of life over death. As we observe this glorious day, I want to share with you a story that illustrates the power and the beauty of this incredible event.

Once upon a time, there was a man named John who lived in a small village. John was a good man, but he was troubled by many things. He worried about the future, he worried about his health, and he worried about his family. One day, he decided to seek the advice of a wise old man who lived in the nearby mountains. He walked for many hours until he reached the old man's cave and asked him for guidance.

The old man listened patiently to John's worries and then said to him, "My son, do not worry about the things of this world. Instead, place your faith in the Lord and trust in His plan for your life."

These words touched John's heart, and he decided to follow the old man's advice. He began to pray every day, and he read the Bible, seeking guidance and wisdom. Over time, he found that his worries began to fade away, and he felt a deep sense of peace and joy in his heart.

But then, one day, tragedy struck. John's beloved wife became gravely ill, and despite his prayers and his faith, she passed away. John was devastated, and he felt as if his entire world had crumbled around him.

But then, he remembered the words of the old man, and he turned to the Bible for comfort. He read these words from the Gospel of John, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die." (John 11:25-26 NLT)

These words filled John's heart with hope, and he realized that his wife was not truly gone, but had been called to a new life with the Lord. He knew that one day, he would be reunited with her, and he felt a sense of peace that surpassed all understanding.

After Jesus was crucified, his disciples were devastated and afraid. They had given up everything to follow him, and now their friend and teacher was gone. The disciples were filled with fear and doubt, and they did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. In fact, they met behind locked doors, because they feared the Jewish leaders would soon come for them. 

They had witnessed Jesus being arrested, tried, and sentenced to death on a cross. They were devastated by his death and did not know what to do next. In addition to their grief, the disciples were also afraid of the Jewish authorities who had put Jesus to death. They feared that they would also be arrested, tried, and executed for their association with Jesus.

Their fears were only natural. If we were in their shoes, we would feel the same way. We would barricade ourselves in our homes and hope that the authorities would not come for us. However, we know what happened next. Jesus rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father. Because of his death and resurrection, we should not fear death or worry about what happens to us. We have God's gift of eternal life. Jesus’ death and resurrection is the proof of God’s gift of salvation and we do not need to fear anything or anyone. We have that blessed assurance of everlasting life with our Heavenly Father.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, wrote, "I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."

This is the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a reminder to us that death is not the end, but merely a transition to a new and glorious life with our Lord. It is a reminder that no matter what challenges we face in this life, we can always turn to God for guidance and comfort.

So let us all rejoice on this Easter morning, and let us remember these words from the apostle Paul, "Christ has been raised from the dead! He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died." (1 Corinthians 15:20 NLT) Let us give thanks to God for His incredible love and grace, and let us live our lives in faith and in hope.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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