Raised Together with Christ
This week's message is Raised Together with Christ. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
He Is Risen!
There's one thing that separates Christianity from all the religions of the world, and it is that, while the founders of all other religions are still in their graves, the tomb of Jesus is empty. No disciples would desecrate their master's tomb, but Jesus robbed his own grave, defeating death for all those who call upon his name.
Jesus didn't rise from the dead just so we would have another holiday to celebrate. Rather, Jesus rose from the dead so that, just as our sins were nailed to the cross, and just as our old lives are burried with him, so we too are raised together with Christ into new and glorious life that will never end.
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Our Reason for Hope
The apostle Paul said that if Jesus hadn't risen from the dead, our hope would be in vain and our Christian walk a complete waste. But the historical fact of the matter is that Jesus did indeed rise physically from the dead. His bones are not there. Just as the prophecy foretold, God did not allow the body of his Holy One to see decay.
There are many voices calling out for attention today, claiming that we should be tolerant of other belief systems because they're all equally valid and equally true. But any message or teaching or philosophy which says there's some way to the Father besides the risen Son, deserves none of our time and attention. The people do, and we tolerate their choice to believe a lie as we show them God's love. But while we embrace the people, we do not tolerate the lies, for Jesus Christ is who he said he is — the way, the truth, and the life, the only way to the Father — and he proved it by rising bodily from the dead and ascending into heaven.
So next time you feel as though you are somehow small minded or intolerant because you will not accept lies as potential truth, remember that the founder of the truth to which you hold fast is alive and well today, and he will soon split the skies, rolling them back as a scroll, and will vanquish his enemies, as every single knee bows in worship and every single tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord!
We must do our part to help those around us come to Jesus now, before it's too late. We are commanded to take the Good News everywhere, and make disciples. That's why we minister in a 3D virtual reality world on the Internet, and we continue to see souls saved and lives transformed by the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, poured out both in and upon us because of Jesus!
Currently there are more than 12,962,211 people in the virtual community we have been called to reach, and that number continues to grow by 150,000 to 300,000 per week. Help us reach as many of those as possible with the love and life-changing Good News of reconciliation with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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Protection For Husband in the Air Force – Sparrow writes, Please keep my husband's saftey in your prayers. He is a SSgt in the US Air Force and is deployed to the desert for a six month deployment.
Miracle for Friend – Abhay writes, Please pray for Ms Mamta.that the lord would protect, deliver her from the situation in which she is in. The person with whom she is forcibly getting married by her mother. She does not want to marry him. She is all alone by herself cause no one is standing by her side. She is terribly disturbed , worried ,in fear, helpless and broken from within. The person with whom she said that she would marry some years ago is controlling her. Right now she is not even engaged or married to him. He has beaten her on the road and in the commercial area and the mother is just blind to all this. She wanted to marry a man of God but maybe its not Gods will for her to marry him. But at least pray for her deliverance, protection from this person of whom she is very afraid. She is afraid of her mother too.Pray that all may come to an agreement and get us married.
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