I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25
Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, brother of Martha and Mary had died and had been in the grave four days when Jesus arrived and He said to Martha, "He will rise again!" Martha responded, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection." Jesus then told her that He was the resurrection and the life.
As we approach this weekend of the memorial of Christ's death, burial and resurrection, in which millions will attend church, see passion plays, hunt Easter eggs, win prizes and eat ham in memory of the greatest act of mercy in the history of the world, the actual act of what Jesus did for us fades into another forgotten day filled with pagan practices.
I'm not much on memorials, parades and pageants because they are quickly forgotten and what Jesus did for us needs to be remembered every day of our life in gratitude and praise for what was done for us. Our sins, sicknesses, infirmities and iniquities were all put upon the Savior as He shed His precious blood for us all and set us eternally free if we believe, repent and make Jesus our Lord!
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21
THE SACRIFICE FOR OUR SIN
He was wounded (pierced through) for our transgressions, He was bruised (crushed) for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes (blows that cut in) we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5,6
In the Old Testament the high priest would take an unblemished lamb, sacrifice it and atone for his sins and his family's sin and then take the remaining blood into the holy of hollies and sprinkle it seven times on the mercy seat for the sins of the people.
Today however we have watered down the death of Jesus, and the horrible acts of violence done to Him before He was nailed to the cross! After all we wouldn't want to offend or gross out our Easter guests who are coming to be entertained by something so polluted that they will never understand what was truly done for them!
Jesus was literally ripped to shreds by the Cat-of-nine tails, the Roman's whip that had bone and metal tips that would dig in deep to ones flesh and rip it off their bodies. Jesus was beaten 39 times so savagely that He almost bled out before they could lead Him to the cross. He suffered greatly for our sins to whom was due all of this torture and cruel death, so how can we neglect such a great deliverance and salvation?
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. Isaiah 53:7,8
REPENT FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify (pardon) many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11
Thousands will be led in a worthless oath this weekend, praying the "Sinner's Prayer" inviting Jesus into their heart to be their personal Savior, something found nowhere in scripture. Thinking that their "Ticket for Heaven" is punched they leave, many of whom will not return until next year's festivities, only to do it all over again to no avail!
Without the knowledge and conviction that we have broken the laws of God and are willing to repent, there can be no salvation. Sinners are not convicted by passion plays, Easter egg hunts and free gifts, they are convicted by the law of God preached by anointed servants, unafraid of offending big tithers and anyone else who might attend their grand productions.
My prayer for the body of Christ at large is that they will begin to do that which we are commanded to do, to preach the gospel to the poor, to open blind eyes and to set the captives free and to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ! All of this religious nonsense of trying to get people to join your club and support your ministry by offering free stuff and entertainment is going to burn and we wonder why most churches are dead and lifeless mausoleums! May God have mercy on His true assembly of believers!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just (pardoned) shall live by faith." For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress (to keep from being known) the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. Romans 1:16-19
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
NOTE: The apostles and disciples of Christ preached the gospel out of the Old Testament that convicted people of breaking the laws of God! The law and the prophets exposed men's sins leading them to confess and repent. Today, trying to preach from the New Testament sins are not exposed and conviction does not come to those who are led in a prayer in Romans that originated in Deuteronomy 30:11-20.