Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Because He Lives

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

24th April 2011

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.

This is a great song of the church.

But why is it so important that Jesus is alive?

There are several purposes for which Jesus is living now:

  1. Jesus Lives to Save the Lost
    1. Without a living Jesus we would still be lost. (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:17).
      • The crucifixion provided the necessary sacrifice (Hebrews 9:22)
      • The resurrection provided the necessary high priest to offer the blood (Hebrews 9:12).
    2. Without a living Jesus the gospel is powerless to save the lost.
      • The gospel is preached as the power to save to the entire world. (Mark 16:15,16; Romans 1:16)
      • The gospel is incomplete without the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
      • The Word of God is living because of a living Christ in heaven (Hebrews 4:12-14)
  2. Jesus Lives to Cleanse Christians
    • We are made clean by the blood of Christ (Revelation 1:5)
    • We are kept clean by the blood of Christ (1 John 1:5-2:2:2)
    • We need Jesus to wash us daily (John 13)
  3. Jesus Lives to Help and Strengthen Christians
    • He gives us “grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
    • He is always there for us (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)
    • Paul’s “thorn” wasn’t removed but Jesus gave him strength to bear it (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
    • Paul could be content because of strength received from Christ (Philippians 4:12-13)
  4. Jesus lives to help us be close to God
    • Because Jesus lives, we may boldly enter into the holiest place, drawing near to God in full assurance (Hebrews 10:19-23)

Because He lives I can face tomorrow… And life is worth the living just because He lives

Because He lives, let’s ensure we live for him.

Have a good week with the living Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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