Saturday, April 6, 2019

"Applied Resurrection"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Applied Resurrection"

   As long as the tomb wherein the body of the Lord Jesus Christ once lay remains empty, every challenge of life becomes opportunity to know yet again that our Savior supplies the provision of every need, the Light in every darkness, the comfort in every heartache, the joy in every sorrow, and indeed, the Life in every death.

   "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer.  I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

   Note that the Lord Jesus uttered these words before His resurrection.  What would He say to us now, having overcome sin, death, and the grave?  The Apostle Paul answers…

   "Ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead" (Colossians 2:12).
   "What is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 1:19-20).

   To what challenges do the risen life and "mighty power" of the Lord Jesus apply?   Simply to matters of overtly spiritual nature?  Or to all things?  Paul again provides the answer: "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).  Thus, the needs, problems, and difficulties of this present hour are all subject to the applied resurrection life of Christ through the working of God and our faith that affirms, "He is risen."  Be it physical, mental, emotional, financial, relational, circumstantial, or whatever, the empty tomb assures us that the Lord Jesus is present, involved, and able to reveal yet again that "God always causeth us to triumph in Christ" (II Corinthians 2:14).  Only a resurrected Christ can be for us all we need Him to be.  Thankfully, only a resurrected Christ exists.  His empty tomb bears witness, as does the Word of God that assures us "He is risen" in every challenge we will ever face.  Our Lord beckons us to the applied resurrection that results in "the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead."

"His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness."
(II Peter 1:3)
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:9-11)

Weekly Memory Verse
   The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him."
(Lamentations 3:24-25)



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