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The Bible is a story of grace transformation. And the stories we find in there come to us like parables, that teaches us that the world is not the way it is suppose to be. But with a little grace working in and through us, we can see our future here in the present.
The fear of death is strong. However, God's Word is clear that, as followers of Jesus, we no longer need to fear death. Paul explains this is a hopeful and triumphant passage in 1 Corinthians 15 in which he proclaims that when Jesus returns, God will transform our physical bodies, making them imperishable. The reason for this is because physical decay that leads to death is actually a just judgment for humanity's sin that Jesus paid in full at the Cross for those who belong to Him by grace through faith. Thus, not only do decay and death have no place in God's eternal kingdom, but also death has been redefined from a transition to eternal condemnation to a transition to everlasting life in the presence of our Savior. In light of this, ask yourself, "Do I need an attitude adjustment about death?" With respect to loved ones in Christ who have died, find comfort and encouragement from these verses as you grieve. With respect to your own death, replace fear with peace and security in Jesus.
There were people who were traveling with Paul that the Bible says “heard the sound, but didn’t see Jesus.” In the same way there are people in every church who hear sermons every week, but have not yet seen Jesus. They haven’t yet seen that the tomb is empty. They haven’t seen the grave clothes laid aside and neatly folded. They haven’t yet seen the risen Lord.
Living in Christ's Resurrection may not change our situation but it does change our questions: from why is this happening to what can God do through this, from when will this end to how can God be glorified and people helped in this time, place and circumstance.
Jesus gave the Church the mission of going out into the world with the Gospel to make disciples of all nations. If that is going to happen, our lives must shift so that Jesus becomes the center and the purpose of our lives. One major shift we must make is to be a people who really understand and apply grace. Check out this sermon from Pastor Steven on understanding, giving and receiving grace that transforms us to be more like Christ, shifting ourselves so that He gets ultimate glory.
How are we to live? How can we live in the manner in which we want to live? Do we have the power to transform our lives through truth? How?
This Easter message looks at how the power of Christ transformed people who experienced both his death and resurrection, how even before the resurrection that weekend, his transforming power transformed people who hadn't yet seen his resurrection power..