Summary: HE IS A RISEN SAVIOUR!
THE FAITH FACTOR
Part 2 : "Faith Knows Jesus is Alive!"
There is so much on my heart that I want to share with you, that I just couldn’t wait for later to send this next message out. With Easter just around the corner, it is most important to know, that for faith to work in JESUS, you must first KNOW that HE is indeed alive and not dead!
HE IS A RISEN SAVIOUR!
On the darkest day in history, JESUS CHRIST, the Son of GOD, was crucified. While hanging on that old rugged cross, JESUS drew HIS last breath, within HIS mortal body. Looking around at what all had happened, JESUS cried:
"It is finished!"
HIS precious head then slumped to HIS chest, HE looked once more towards Heaven as with HIS final words being:
"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:"
It was at that moment in time, that JESUS died . . . .
Those that loved JESUS dearly, removed HIS dead body from the cross and placed it in a lonely tomb.
Now get this . . . The Jewish leaders FEARED JESUS’S disciples!
They feared for one that these people would come and steal JESUS’S body from the tomb and start claiming that HE had arisen from the dead!
So what did these Jewish leader do?
FIRST: They put a seal across the stone that closed the tomb, so as the entrance would be completely secure!
SECOND: They were so afraid that these Jewish leaders even placed gaurds outside the tomb to keep anyone from doing anything!
JESUS CHRIST . . . the one whom made the blind to see . . . The deaf to hear . . . the lame to walk . . . and even the dead to arise . . . .HE was dead, and his followers were all deeply saddened and in utter heartache.
It was at this moment, that the devil was dancing and rejoicing!
He had successfully crucified and killed JESUS, the Son of GOD! His thinking was that he had silenced the Son of GOD forever!
Little did he know that the message of JESUS would soon be more amplified than ever before and carried through the entire world for centuries to come.
People all the time go to Jerusalem, to get that peak at JESUS tomb. At least this is where some of the historians, feel like where JESUS was buried, after HE was crucified.
But you know what?
YOU WILL NOT FIND HIS BODY THERE!
YOU WONT FIND HIS GARMENTS THERE!
YOU WONT FIND HIS BONES THERE!
YOU WONT FIND ANYONE OR ANYTHING THERE, FOR WHAT THE ANGEL SAID IN MATTHEW 28:5 & 6 IS VERY MUCH TRUE TODAY AS IT WAS BACK THEN:
". . . Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
THE TOMB IS EMPTY!
To so many non believers, this is a hard fact to understand . . . but as a Christian, you accepted as a fact through the use of your faith, and knowing that the Bible is truth!
Faith tells you that JESUS has indeed risen from the dead and is alive today! Faith tells you that Romans 10:9 is 100% accurate:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
THIS SCRIPTURE DOES NOT SAY YOU MIGHT BE SAVED . . .
THIS SCRIPTURE DOES NOT SAY YOU HAVE A POSSIBILITY OF BEING SAVED . . .
THIS SCRIPTURE DOESN’T EVEN SAY YOU HAVE A CHANCE AT BEING SAVED . . .
THIS SCRIPTURE PROVES THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS AND BELIEVE THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD . . .
YOU SHALL BE SAVED!
The unsaved person sees and hears these words of complete truth, and wonders how could JESUS actually help HIM now?
Have you ever run into someone that tells you that GOD just could not accept them?
Or maybe they tell you that they are just to far gone for GOD to receive?
My friends . . . if that were in any way true, then GOD’S love for us would be considered as "conditional".
"What do you mean, Reverend Sam?"
Think of it this way . . . as humans, we all tend to base our love for others on performance. How well they either did a job or did something else for us. If they did a great job, everyone is happy, and love is spread abroad. If the job was done lousy, then there comes an uproar of complaining and bickering as to why the job was not done right the first time.