1 Corinthians 15:20a (ESV)

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead…

There is one thing above all else that brings us together as Christians… the truth that this week—Passion Week—is about especially: the truth that Jesus is alive! This is good news! This is a crucial part of the good news—the gospel. The gospel is the good news that tells us that there is One true and holy God who is the Creator of all. And of all His creation He created mankind to glorify Him by living for Him and enjoying Him in and through all things. But mankind rebelled against God’s design and chose to live for themselves instead of for God. And because God is infinitely holy, this act of rebellion is an infinite offense deserving of an infinite punishment. And God’s Word says that is what is to come for all who stay in their rebellion: eternal—infinite—wrath and fury.

But God, in His kindness, came to earth and took on flesh. The Infinite took on the finite so that He could live the life we should have lived, perfect in every way, and then take the punishment we deserve for our rebellion. And He did just that—Jesus did just that. Jesus, God in the flesh, was crucified and upon the cross He had the just wrath that we deserve for our sin poured out upon Himself in our place. And after satisfying the wrath we deserve He died and was put in a grave. But, on the third day after His death He rose from the grave in victory so that all His people, all who turn from their rebellion, turn from their sin, and trust in Him for their salvation would be saved from the wrath to come. And in this salvation we are not only saved from eternal wrath, but we are given eternal life with our God and Savior in eternal joy. Jesus is alive and He gives His people eternal life. This is good news!

And God’s Word tells us that this is not an opinion, it is a fact! Jesus is in factalive! And because of this fact, we also will be raised to eternal life with Christ to live with Him and for Him in eternal joy forever. This is our great hope beyond this life. Our hope is not in this life, but in the life to come. That’s what has always marked out Christians.We know that this life is not all there is; we have the sure and certain hope of the resurrection… It is a fact! A fact that changes everything!

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick