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March 31 2024


Sunday March 31

Passion Week: Sunday – “He is Risen!”

 

Matthew 28:1-10

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”

So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

 

Welcome to Pastor’s Chat! What an exciting day!!!!!! This is indeed “the day that the LORD has made, and we will rejoice and be glad and in it”. I believe this verse in Psalm 118:24 is a prophecy of “this day”, the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! If there is anything that proves the Bible is true, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that everything that we read in the Bible is believable, and can be trusted, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

 

The resurrection proves Who Jesus is, and that God has accepted His divine sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary as the complete and final finished payment for our sins! Praise the LORD!!!! Hallelujah!!!! What a glorious day! I trust and hope that you are celebrating with us on this day the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

 

I would dare to say that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the epicenter of the Bible, it is at the epicenter of human history and no doubt the greatest event ever recorded in human history. Jesus is risen from the grave! He is alive! I trust you will take the time to read the above passage again, and if you have time, read all four Gospel accounts of the resurrection today or some time this week. (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; and John 20).  These passages should rekindle your excitement as you rejoice and have a heart full of thankfulness for your relationship with Jesus.

 

And if you have never really settled the question of receiving Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, it is my prayer that you will do that before this day is over! If you need help in doing this, feel free to call or text me at 540-598-1351. Or you can email me at pastormike@pmiministries.org. It would the greatest joy of my life to assist you today in making this decision for Christ!

 

Maybe the three greatest, most powerful words in our language are “He is Risen”. Three words that changed the course of humanity and history! Yes, my friend, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our Christian faith. Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19: “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

 

Everything we believe about God, Jesus, the Bible, and eternity hinges of the reality and fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most provable facts of human history. It is not a theory, a myth, or a made-up story!  It is a fact!!!! No one can prove that the resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen! And history records that most of the people who set out to disprove the resurrection actually became followers of Jesus Christ! It changed their lives as they researched and studied it!

 

Everything changed when Jesus came out of the tomb alive, and the promised gift of the Holy Spirit was given! The disciples who were fearful and denied Jesus before were now willing to die for Him and most of them did! The Church was born and is alive and well, and is another proof of the resurrection every Sunday they meet!

For me, the greatest proof is that His resurrection personally changed and transformed my life on February 21, 1971, as a nineteen-year-old teenager! He is Risen!!!!! He is alive!!!! Jesus is waiting to come into your heart and life if you will receive Him! Why not accept Him today!

 

God bless!

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