Christ Is Alive

That Jesus Christ is alive is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Without it there is no Christianity. The Apostle Paul said as much in 1Corinthians 15:14.
“If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”  
But He is alive and that’s the point. And every benefit we draw from the gospel is because Jesus Christ is alive. Below are four questions that are raised in Romans 8:31-35. The answers are beautiful. But they would not be if it were not for the simple fact that Jesus is alive.
1) If God is for us, who can be against us? God didn’t spare His own Son but freely gave Him up for us all. Why do you think He would hold back on you now?
2) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? God is the one who justifies. He justifies us in Jesus.
3) Who is he that condemns? The only one who has the right to condemn you is Jesus Christ and He is not some corpse in a tomb, but He is alive at the right hand of the Father, praying for you. Still today He is connecting Himself willingly to sinful people, replacing the sin-filled record of our life with His righteous record. As long as He stands in our behalf, the Father judges us according to how good Jesus is. WOW!
4) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ…nothing and no one. Jesus died to save you. He lives to take you home. He loves His people with a passion.
So we live with confidence. No one can successfully oppose the church in its mission on Earth to make Christ known.
We live with peace. God sees His church as beautiful and righteous.
We live encouraged. Jesus is our protector and defender.
We live loved and loving. That is our real experience. We are loved by God, and as a result, are able to love like God.
All of this and so much more is because Jesus is alive. There is no reason to doubt it. We have God’s word on it. So enjoy it and do everything in your power to give it away. Christ’s love is solidly and eternally yours. And since you didn’t earn it, you can’t lose it. Your security in Christ is Christ’s gift to you. Gratefully, humbly receive and share Jesus.

Your brother in Christ, 
Pastor Tim

Naomi Winebrenner