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pastor500April 2014

Dear Friends,

April is here, spring has arrived, and the world celebrates Easter (Resurrection Sunday).  We who are Christians rejoice in the fact that we have a “risen Savior.”  The words from a hymn by Alfred H. Ackley state, “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;  I know that He is living, whatever men may say….”  The chorus ends, “You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart.”

Yes, Jesus is a “living” Savior, not a dead one.  He made many appearances to others after His resurrection—to Mary Magdalene in Mark 16:9, to two disciples in Luke 24:15, to the 11 disciples in Luke 24:36, to 500 brethren in 1 Corinthians 15:6, and at the time of His ascension in Luke 24:50, to mention just a few instances.  See also Acts 10:40.

Romans 4:25 says that He was “raised again for our justification.”  1 Peter 1:3 states that God the Father, “hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

 There is a beautiful hymn written by the Gaithers entitled “Because He Lives.”  The first stanza goes, “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 Savior 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!”

 Has the resurrection of Christ made a difference in your life?  Consider the blessed truth of Col. 1:27, “…Christ in you, the hope of glory” and consider 1 John 3:24.  Always remember that Jesus “ever liveth to make intercession for them [believers].” Heb. 7:25.  Also, He resides in us, Col. 1:27 states.  F. B. Meyer exclaims, “That He should dwell in the heart of a child of Abraham was deemed a marvelous act of condescension, but that He should find a home in the heart of a Gentile was incredible.”  Ephesians 3:6 states, “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”

William MacDonald, in the Believer’s Bible Commentary on Colossians 1:27 states, “The indwelling Christ is the believers’ ‘hope of glory.’  We have no other title to heaven than the Savior Himself.  The fact that He indwells us makes heaven as sure as if we were already there.”  And that is why “Because He lives (in me and you, as believers in Christ) I can face tomorrow (and today and each and every day).”

The message of Easter is that Christ is alive from the dead and is the Savior of all who believe in Him for their salvation from sin’s penalty—John 3:16; Romans 10:9, 10.  Once that happens, you have “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and through the strength He imparts, you can face each new day with the confidence that you are never alone in the world.  Jesus Christ is with you each and every step of the way.  You do not have to fear the future for Christ will be there with you.  Rejoice because “He lives” in you.  Yield unto God daily (Rom. 6:13, 16).  Allow Him to have His way in your life.  Then you will be enjoying the personal benefits of Christ’s resurrection.

He Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives;
What joy the blest assurance gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everlasting Head!

He lives, to bless me with His love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives, my hungry soul to feed;
He lives, to help in time of need.

He lives to grant me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives, my mansion to prepare;
He lives, to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His Name;
He lives, my Saviour, still the same;
What joy the blest assurance gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!

—Samuel Medley

Thankful for a living Savior,
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Dr. Frederick W. Carroll

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