Only Jesus (He is risen)

​Dear Child,

“Because He lives” is a beautiful hymn that reminds me that because Jesus died AND rose, I have the opportunity not just to be reconnected to God but to become a new man (or woman) and incidentally I heard this beautiful hymn at church the day I wrote this. 
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal and forgive

He lived and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

Because He lives, all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living, just because He lives
The 1st stanza and refrain of the hymn lets us know that because Jesus died the ultimate sacrifice was given to cleanse away our sins and be reunited with God. But because He rose we also have the chance to be born again as a new man, thus we have no fear, we can face tomorrow and trust that He has us in the palms of His hands. Honestly, though the hymn is simple, it holds a powerful message that is emphasized and explained in 1st Corinthians 15: 16 – 18 and Colossians 3:1- 4.

Colossians 3:1 – 4

 ” If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

1st Corinthians 15: 16 – 18

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 the most pitiable.    

Paul, firstly says that if the dead cannot rise then Christ has not risen. Paul does not just talk about  the actual dead rising (because through Him we have the power to perform miraculous signs and wonders as He now abides in us) but also we ourselves coming alive again in God when we die to the flesh. This is because if Jesus did not rise to become greater than He previously was, how then can we die to our flesh and resurrect as a new man? If His resurrection was a lie then we are still wallowing in our sins and have perished just like the world. Thus, because Christ rose, we have the power to overcome our flesh and keep our eyes on Christ which Colossians 3:1- 4 demands we do. For if truly Jesus has given us the opportunity to be born again and be perfect as God intended, our eyes should be fixed on Him and not on the things of this world. 

I remember as a child whenever I lifted one foot up and tried to balance my self I always failed because  I always kept looking round, but whenever I focused on one thing alone; be it a stone, the sky or just straight ahead, I could stand for minutes. In the same way, though the road is extremely narrow, focusing on Jesus alone who is above and not on earth will guarantee that we live holy lives. Because if Jesus has risen and sits at the right hand of the Father, how can we then look to the things if the earth which will indeed pass away. But Paul, knowing that the road can be difficult, tells us that if we hold onto Jesus Christ, we will rise in glory alongside Him. Basically, He will be our reward and we shall not be put to shame.

Also remember that Grace is scandalous (Scandal of Grace by Hillsong captures it perfectly). No one can earn it. No one deserves it. Yet it’s available to all. Therefore, celebrate brothers and sisters. For though His death us the depth and glorious nature of God and His love, His resurrection makes us new, gives us power to overcome and allows us to know that even the grave cannot hold Him down, thus if He is for you who can be against.
Love your mother,

Alison.

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