For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, March 29, 2013

He's Alive!

Galatians 2:19-21
“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Sometimes I dream about my dad. He passed away almost three years ago. When I wake from those dreams, I’m comforted by the love I still feel from him. I’m excited and thankful that I’ll see Dad again in heaven. As much as a dream brings me peace and joy, I can’t imagine what Mary Magdalene and the other Mary must have felt after Jesus crucifixion.  They saw him again, and he was alive. “Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.” Matthew 28:9. He died on the cross, yet he stood in front of them because God raised him from the dead.

Jesus loved me enough to give his life for me. He sacrificed himself for my sins. You see no one is free of sin. Not me or anyone else in this world. God allowed Jesus to live on earth, join in fellowship with the disciples, sit with sinners, and love everyone. Jesus went to the cross for me, he died for me, and he rose from the grave to save me. Thinking about how much Jesus loves me overwhelms me. He died for me—Wow! The best news— He rose from the dead for me and for you.  Jesus saves.  

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