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The Resurrection- God’s Amazing Grace

There is an old story about a man who was seen running toward a large river. Just as he reached the dock, he increased his speed and when he came to the end, he jumped and threw himself as high and as far as he could before hitting the water. He landed about ten feet from the dock. As soon as he surfaced, he swam back to land and tried again. He didn’t do much better the second time. He tried again….over and over again. His friend, who had been watching all of this, finally asked him, “What in the world are you doing?” The man replied, “Well, a guy at work bet me a million bucks that I couldn’t jump across this river. He’s probably right. But after thinking about it for a while, I figured I had to at least try.”

Now, there was no way on God’s green earth that this guy was going to jump across that river alone and without some help. In the same way, we have no chance whatsoever of defeating death on our own. Just like we have no chance whatsoever of finding God’s forgiveness on our own. Biblically speaking, it doesn’t work that way. We can’t “work” our way to immortality. We can’t “will” our way to eternity. We can’t do enough “good deeds” or give enough money to “earn” God’s forgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Christian church in Ephesus- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” (2:8-9)

There’s only one way to receive God’s forgiveness and life eternal and that’s through what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross on Good Friday and at the empty tomb on Sunday. Forgiveness and eternal life are yours simply by receiving an act of grace- a gift from God for those who believe. The Resurrection of Jesus is God’s amazing grace.

Easter and the Resurrection are reminders that no matter what, God is still in charge. Easter is the string wrapped around the finger to remind us that life, as we know it, isn’t all there is. Easter is the post-it-note that reminds us that God is in charge of everything, and that includes death and judgment and forgiveness. Easter is a reminder of the depth of God’s unconditional love for you and for me.

Have you accepted this gift of grace into your life? If not, I want to encourage you to let Jesus complete God’s forgiveness in your life. Accept this act of grace for yourself. And then remember….remember so that you can live the life Christ has called you to live so that others will see you and believe that Christ is alive and that the tomb is empty because others see Him living in you.

Peace and Love,
John+