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Contemplating the Cross This Easter

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Oh, what we miss out on when we rush past the cross of Christ.  Oh the richness and reward when we stop to linger before it, when we take the time to “consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself” (Heb. 12:3). In a culture where crosses have become commonplace as architecture and jewelry, how we need to truly gaze upon the cross of Christ in all of its ugliness and beauty, in its death and in its healing, in the painful price paid  there, and in its free gift of grace. Jesus, keep us near the cross.  — Nancy Guthrie, from Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

We Shall Be Like Him

We have an example in Scripture of what a resurrection body is like. We’re told a great deal about Christ’s resurrected body, and we’re told that our bodies will be like his. The empty tomb is the ultimate proof that Christ’s resurrection body was the same body that died on the cross. If resurrection meant the creation of a new body, Christ’s original body would have remained in the tomb.

When Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, “It is I myself,” he was emphasizing to them that he was the same person—in spirit and body—who had gone to the cross (Luke 24:39). His disciples saw the marks of his crucifixion, unmistakable evidence that this was the same body.

Jesus walked the earth in his resurrection body for 40 days, showing us how we would live as resurrected human beings. In effect, he also demonstrated where we would live as resurrected human beings—on Earth. Christ’s resurrection body was suited for life on Earth, not primarily life in the intermediate Heaven. As Jesus was raised to come back to live on Earth, so we will be raised to come back to live on Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:14; Revelation 21:1-3).

Eternal Promises

The two told what had happened ... and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them. ... He said to them, “Why are you troubled ... ? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself!” Luke 24:35-36, 38-39

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:26-27 —Excerpted from Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn

Rejoice, O Christian—He Is Risen

"Come, see the place where the Lord lay," with joy and gladness. He does not lie there now. Weep, when ye see the tomb of Christ, but rejoice because it is empty. Thy sin slew him, but his divinity raised him up. Thy guilt hath murdered him, but his righteousness hath restored him. Oh! He hath burst the bonds of death, he hath ...come out more than conqueror, crushing death beneath his feet. Rejoice, O Christian, for he is not there—he is risen. — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. — Martin Luther

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Benson Awhinawhi Of The Redeemed Christian Church

commented on Apr 18, 2014

Thank you Randy for the enliightment and bringing to the fore the most important ISSUE and present continious of LIFE. May God Bless U nd Urs.

Benson Awhinawhi Of The Redeemed Christian Church

commented on Apr 18, 2014

Thank you Randy for the enliightment and bringing to the fore the most important ISSUE and present continious of LIFE. May God Bless U nd Urs.

James Shelton

commented on Apr 18, 2014

I found this very interesting, and for me it raises the question... what happens to those whose bodies have been cremated?

Marites Pagdilao

commented on Apr 18, 2014

I would like to ask sir, what will happen to the soul when a person dies?

Tom Reakes

commented on Apr 18, 2014

Thanks, Randy. I like the idea your are promoting and it would appear to be scriptural but, as James Shelton has suggested it leaves some unanswered questions. What happens to those who are created? Will a two day old baby be forever a 2 day old baby? And if someone has a gross physical deformity to what will they be renewed? How would we recognise them? There must be some kind of renewing or remaking of the individual. Even Jesus, in his resurrected body was somehow 'repaired' for the scripture does not indicate that he was still "marred beyond recognition". All He carried on his resurrection body were the nail marks and none of the hideous scars of the awful beating He sustained.

Benson Awhinawhi Of The Redeemed Christian Church

commented on Apr 21, 2014

The Soul that sinneth dies and goes to Hell, likewise the soul of Saints await under the Heavenly Alter Rev 6:8. The mode of death and or burial does not determine the destination of your soul, what does is the way you lived your life here on earth-was it righteous or unrighteous living. Who can fathom the mysteries of The Almighty God,the two-day old baby might be an Angel. As for the thought of any level of (gross)deformity,amongst the many bible passages of assurance of a new body, Philippians 3:20-21says"-The Saviour ,the Lord Jesus Christ shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned after His Glorious body".Job 19:26-27a"and though after my skin worms destroy this body,yet in my flesh shall i see God,whom i shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold and not another..".. We shall also see and recognize our loved ones who made Heaven. Compare Luke16:22-24. May God Bls U.

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