Sunday, April 5, 2015

Love's Redeeming Work Is Done

Christ's resurrection assures us that the Father accepted His atoning work on the cross. Paul explained it best in His first letter to the Corinthians:
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. ~~1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (ESV)
Had Jesus remained in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, He would have been a pathetic deceiver and the sad victim of His own delusions. Glory be to God, then, that He really did rise from the dead, guaranteeing that He had indeed triumphed over sin! 

Today's hymn celebrates the amazing victory of His greatest miracle.


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