Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Significance of the Resurrection

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)

8th April 2012

What is the significance of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead?

Here are some thoughts:

1. We have a Saviour who can never die again

‘For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him’. (Romans 6:9)

2. It provides repentance and forgiveness of sins

‘God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins’. (Acts 5:31)
‘And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins’. (1 Corinthians 15:17)

3. It provides us with new birth and an everlasting inheritance

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you’ (1 Peter 1:3-4)

4. The Holy Spirit can come

‘God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear’. (Acts 2:32-33)

5. There is now no condemnation for God’s people

‘Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us’. (Romans 8:34)

6. It provides the Lord's personal fellowship and protection

‘…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’. (Matthew 28:20)

7. There will be a coming judgment

‘For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead’. (Acts 17:31)

8. We are saved from the future wrath of God

‘…wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath’. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
‘For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!’ (Romans 5:10)

9. It secures our own resurrection from the dead

‘…we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself’. (2 Corinthians 4:14)
‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life’. (Romans 6:4)
‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you’. (Romans 8:11)
‘By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also’. (1 Corinthians 6:14)
‘But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

So much depends on the resurrection of Jesus – Thank God the Lord is risen!

Have a good week dwelling on the significance of the Resurrection.

Pastor Barry

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