All of the hymns that the choir sang at church today were beautiful; but the one that melted my heart the most was called “Who Am I?”. The hymn expressed the thought that I might never understand how Jesus could die for me, but He did. It was such a beautiful hymn and it reminded me of a thought I had written on the first page of my Bible: “When my heart can’t understand, I will still believe”. Yes I believe, because His Word says “God SO loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16. “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted: yet He opened not His mouth…” Isaiah 53:7 He gave and He was “satisfied” Isaiah 53:11. What a gift! The world’s best! He took what we deserved, so we could have what only He deserves! Love so perfect!
As we sat in church allowing the music to minister to us, I was reminded that Jesus rested in the grave on the Sabbath just as we were resting. Even those who followed Him “…rested on the Sabbath day according to the commandment” Luke 23:52-56, Exodus 20:8 (see also Mark 15:42-47)
On Sunday, “the first day of the week” Luke 24:1, Mark 16:2, his friends came back to look for him.They discovered the stone to his sepulchre had been rolled away and they began a grieving process. Two heavenly messengers came to the rescue and exclaimed “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen”. In our day we might not have heavenly messengers come, as then, when we stand at the graveside of our loved ones. But in the heart of every Christians is the belief that He arose! “O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory… but thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:55,57.
My favorite Bible character the Apostle Paul so beautifully explains the resurrection of Christ and it’s relation to the resurrection of the dead: 1 Corinthians 15:12-23. Verse 23 “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they THAT ARE CHRIST’S at His coming. This verse reminds us that there will be two resurrections as mentioned in John 5:28,29. Then also 1 Thessalonians 4:16 tells us that “the dead IN CHRIST shall rise first”.
When we believe in God’s gift of salvation, and accept it by faith we are “in Him”. The Scriptures describe two groups of people at our Savior’s return : Group 1 = Those who will say “this is our God; we have waited for Him and He will save us … we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” Isaiah 25:9. This group will also sing “the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb…” Revelation 15:3. Group 2:” …hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and the rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him… Revelation 6:15-17
A question to me: Which group am I striving and longing to be in? How about you? We can have victory in Jesus.
1 John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming”.KJV.