I love 1 Corinthians 15:19. Why? Because it reminds me that if Christ had not been resurrected from the dead, Christians would not be forgiven with their sins or have any hope of eternal life.
Tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday, marking that time when the tomb where Jesus was kept was empty. Jesus was nowhere in the tomb. He had risen! He lives!
From Life Application Bible:
"Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint." [Matthew 28:1-4].
"Then the angel spoke to the women, "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified." He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember, I have told you." [Matthew 28:5-7].
I wrote this song on 12/3/06 when the wind was so gusty as I was driving, on my way to work. Inside the car, I wasn't even terrified as the words of this song was forming in my mind. That's peace and joy that we can find only in Jesus despite turbulent times.
The same thing today as we celebrate His resurrection. I know that I shouldn't be afraid even of death because He promised "eternal life" to those who will believe in His resurrection. Just like that angel's message, we are not to be afraid because Jesus is not dead! He lives! [Amen!]. And that we are to tell others about this [just as the angel told the women to tell the disciples]. Lord, thank You for Your gift of eternal life!
I know with You I'm completely new
And I know that Your Word is forever true
I know that You're Lord and Savior of all
And I know, Jesus, You love my soul
I'm able to stand as You hold my hand
Please draw me nearer to You
You took away all of my fears
Jesus, to me, please be near
I know on the cross You died for all
And I know, what You did is immeasurable
I know, that Your grace and love rained on me
And I know, Jesus, You had set me free
'Cause I know.......You're the only way, the truth and the life. No one can go to the Father but through You [John 14:6]
Jesus, I know....You're the bread of life. Whoever goes to You will not hunger nor thirst [John 6:35]
Jesus, I know....You're the light of the world. Whoever walks with You will not have darkness but have the light of life [John 8:12]
Jesus, I know....You're the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last [Revelation 22:13]
Jesus, I know..........[By God's grace, I am what I am....]
Happy Resurrection Sunday everyone! To God be the glory!