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

 

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Written by: Andries
Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:07:58 AM  RssIcon

The resurrection of Jesus was unexpected. His followers were not ready to make it part of their faith experience and expectation.
It was also entirely different from the other 10 resurrections spoken about in the Holy Scriptures, because later on all the others who were raised, died again, but Jesus lives forever.
His ascension to heaven testifies that he lives at the Father’s right hand and rules and reigns over everything and that he is the Head of the Church, forever.
 
The resurrection is awesome news, because death no longer rules and loss is no longer irreversible.  The sting of death was removed. Death was reversed. Jesus was crucified. But now "He has risen!" Disciples who were scattered and confused and without hope because of the crucifixion, became enthused and excited about Messiah Jesus again.
 
But the resurrection is not only good news. It is also terrifying news.
When we think of the resurrection of Jesus we should be filled with a sense of awe, fear, astonishment, amazement, and reverence. We know we are in the presence of an unexpected event that removes death's sting and takes away death's loss and it places us before the challenge to how and where we will spend a life that will never end.
 
So what is so terrifying about the resurrection? Someone said that the only two certain things in life are death and taxes. But now death is not so certain anymore. Jesus rose from death and promised us that we too will be raised.
 

 

So, to be true to the Gospel means that after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church has to speak out with an astonishing call: Your life does not end in death! You now have to consider the eternal consequences and purposes of your life. You have to be ready to live forever.

 

The resurrection story ends only on the day of our own resurrection! The resurrection story will only end when those who died with Christ at the cross are raised to a new life with him and in him.  It ends when we put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature and instead put on the new self of love, hope, faith, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
 
The story of the resurrection of Christ is completed in the lives of those who know that the resurrection is more than rare and unexpected:
It removes death's sting and takes away death's loss.
 
And it urgently calls us to be ready to live the resurrection life of Jesus, here and now, and for all eternity!
    

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