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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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Mar 31

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:48:52 AM  RssIcon

Do we give the message of the resurrection of Christ enough thought and time in congregational life? Do we contemplate enough that Jesus is risen. That he is risen indeed!
 
The central message of the gospel is the resurrection of Christ. That is why we till Pentecost Sunday focus on this most important of all Christian truths, that Jesus was raised from the dead.
 
All Christian worship throughout the year testifies of the resurrection of Christ. The fact that all mainstream Christians worship on Sunday, the first day of the week, instead of observing the Jewish Sabbath, testifies that the resurrection of Jesus is the fundamental truth on which Christianity stands.
 
Jesus is alive. He conquered and we are redeemed! Let’s celebrate his glorious, victorious resurrection with joy, vigour, faith, commitment, faithfulness and much love.
 
What is the resurrection of Jesus? Christ's resurrection was not a return to this life and this flesh, to this body that we own at the moment. Christ's resurrection was receiving a body that owns eternal life. Christ's resurrection freed him from ever facing death again. Remember what Christ Jesus said in the Book of Revelation: (Rev 1:18) “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever!
 
1 Cor 15:20: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” God raised Jesus from the dead, by his power, according to his plan and will.
 
And Christ is the first fruits. Remember the meaning of “first fruits” in Israel? They were a promise to Israel of more to come: More barley, more milk, more grapes, more lambs, more children, more grand children, more blessings, more joy!
 
Christ as the first fruits is God's promise to us of more to come. More resurrections. More life. More joy. More satisfaction. More assurance of faith. More fullness of our experience of God’s eternal Kingdom. More infilling of the Holy Spirit.
 
There is a connection between Christ's resurrection and the believer's resurrection. The future destiny of Christians is bound up with what has happened to Christ. Because Christ has been raised, the believer will be raised too.
 
Because of Christ's resurrection, we know that someday the trumpets will blow – and we will be shaken awake to live forever. Yes, death is still a reality.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory, even over death, through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor 15:57).
 
And the victorious, resurrection life begins now! 

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