Monthly Archives: April 2014

Don’t Forget–He Arose!

Mark 16:6

“What does that mean?” the man asked the little boy as they looked at a beautiful picture of the crucifixion in a store window. “The man on the cross is Jesus,” the boy answered, “an’ those others are Roman soldiers, an’ the woman crying is his mother, an’” he added sorrowfully, “they killed him.” Finally, the man turned and walked down the street. In a few minutes, he heard footsteps running behind him, and the little boy rushed up to him. “Say mister,” he said breathlessly, “I forgot to tell you, but he rose again!”—Inspiration.

Our churches often spend weeks calling Christ’s death to our memories through special services and the frequently celebrated Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). His resurrection is celebrated for only one day, and even then, its importance has to compete with emphasis on children, rabbits, and eggs. It should not be so.

We must not lose our awareness of the importance of the resurrection. God’s word tells us that Jesus Christ “. . . was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead . . .”(Romans 1:4). We follow no pitiful martyr, but a living Savior who won the victory over death, hell, and the grave!

Because of the resurrection, we know our sins have been forgiven. On the cross, Jesus suffered and died for your sins and mine. When God raised him from the dead, it proved that God had accepted the price that Jesus paid, and all was well.

Because of the resurrection, we know that death is not the end. Death may have taken our loved ones, but only for a little while. Death may take us, but we too will live. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:26).

Let all God’s people lift their voices in praise and worship. “Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Al-le-lu-ia!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com

 

MANY ARE YOUNG AND RICH, BUT IN GREAT NEED

front coverMatthew 19:16-23

“Teacher, what good things must I do to get eternal life?” a young man asked Jesus. Jesus told him to keep the commandments. “Which ones?” the young man asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” “If you want to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

The young man went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus warns us that it is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. He said it was easier for a large, gawky camel to go through the eye of a sewing needle than for the rich to enter in.

We live in a country that has forsaken the one true and living God, and now worships at the altar of Mammon (the god of money and riches). This love and lust for money is the root cause of most of what is wrong in our country. It makes people lie, cheat, steal, rob, and even murder. It corrupts politicians and ruins governments. It is the cause of much personal dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Money can buy many things, but it cannot buy peace of mind, or eternal life. We find those things only in Jesus Christ.

Do we want to be the richest people in the cemetery and the poorest people in the eyes of God? Jesus asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). We know the answer to that question, don’t we?

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com