Jesus Arose

The resurrection provides us the confidence to give our lives to Jesus Christ.
When you think of what it means to confess Jesus as Lord, you may need a sufficient reason for that kind of commitment. The Lord wants us to sanctify Him as Lord in our hearts (1 Peter. 3:15), to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1), to daily take up our cross (Luke 9:23), and to put Him first in all respects (Col. 1:10).
Why are you a Christian?
For me, I am a Christian because of the resurrection. Oh, this is not the only reason; but it is foundational. Jesus, as risen Lord, is worthy of my every sacrifice and obedience.
The early disciples died claiming he arose from the dead. I cannot so easily set that aside. They saw Him, heard Him, touched Him, and were convinced by many undeniable proofs (Acts 1:1-3).
Here is a list of his appearances:
1. To Mary Magdalene (John 20:11)
2. To the other women (Matt. 28:9,10)
3. To two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:12-32)
4. To Peter (Luke 24:34)
5. To ten of the eleven, not including Thomas (Luke 24:33; John 20:24,25)
6. To the eleven, including Thomas (John 20:26-30)
7. To seven apostles (John 21)
8. To all the apostles (Matt. 28:16-20)
9. To all the apostles (Acts 1:4-9)
10. To 500 brethren at one time (1 Cor. 15:6)
11. To James (1 Cor. 15:7)
12. To Paul (1 Cor. 15:7)
Jesus proved Himself by fulfilling His prophecy to arise on the third day (Matt. 16:21). One can easily fix how he is to die, but to predict one’s resurrection is another matter. Jesus is really the Lord. That realization makes all the difference.
If Jesus is Lord, I need to confess Him, obey Him, follow Him, love Him, serve Him, follow Him, and share Him with the world.
One last point: God will judge the world one day through a Man whom He has raised from the dead. He furnished proof to us of His Lordship by raising Him. (Acts 17:30-31) If He arose–and He did, you will stand before Him one day for judgment. Are you prepared?

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