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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Acts 1: 8 - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020. 

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Written by: Andries
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:09:29 AM  RssIcon

1 Corinthians 15: 20: "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead."
The Gospel Truth is that Christ has been raised from the dead. On that first Easter morning, as the first rays of God’s sunshine reached the rich man’s tomb where they had laid the body of Jesus, God stretched out his mighty arm and brought forth His Son from the grave. All the powers of hell were petrified at the sight of Jesus coming out of the tomb. The shackles of death fell from his hands and feet and he came to us victorious over sin and death.
He is risen!
 
God sent his angels to roll away the stone, but not to let Christ out. You see, Christ did not need the stone to be rolled away. We see him later walking into a room which was locked. His resurrection body had the power to walk through walls. No, the stone was not rolled away so that Christ could come out. The stone was rolled away so that we could look in.
 
Because Christ has been raised from the dead, all the negatives become positives. We now have true faith, true forgiveness, and a hope for the future. Our preaching is not useless, nor was the preaching of the apostles. Those who believed their preaching also received a pure faith which saves to the extreme:  a faith which cleanses from sin, a faith which stands in the trial, a faith which frees the soul, a living, working faith.
 
The witness of the apostles was the solid witness of those who had seen the resurrected Lord with their own eyes. They were not deceived. Jesus had appeared to them. They were not giving testimony of some mystical experience with Jesus. Jesus is alive.
 
They did not expect to see Him. In fact, Thomas had to be offered touchable evidence that it was indeed the Lord, before he would believe. Jesus appeared to his disciples over many days. He appeared to 500 people at one time in broad daylight. Their testimony was true. Jesus had come out of the grave. He was now alive. In fact, there is more evidence to support the resurrection of Jesus Christ than almost any other old historical fact. If the tomb was not empty, why didn’t they produce the body? The reason was there was no body to produce.
Jesus is risen!  The Christian faith is true.
 
Eastertide lasts for 50 days, till Pentecost Sunday on 8 June.
Here are some themes to think, learn and pray about during Eastertide:
You can meditate upon what the resurrection says about who Jesus Christ really is – the all powerful and righteous Son of God - (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:25-28).
• You may try to find the meaning of the truth that “our death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54-56).
• You should ask what does it mean that the power and might of the risen Jesus is available to Christians today (Ephesians 1:15-23).
• You will have to think of how the resurrection of Jesus assures of our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15).
 
Eastertide allows us to think deeply and to pray diligently about what the resurrection of Jesus means to me personally, to us as God’s people, and to the whole world.
Let’s celebrate and learn exuberantly! 

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