WHAT IF EASTER NEVER HAPPENED?

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Easter is fast approaching! What things do you associate with easter? Easter eggs, Easter bunny, Easter parade, or:

THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!

What if easter had never happened? There would be no easter eggs, no easter parades, no easter bunny, or dare I say

NO RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

After all the Bible tells us that easter is all about Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. If easter never happened would it make a difference to your life? I know it would to mine, you see without easter I don’t have a life! Or should I say I do have a life here on earth which would be worth a plugged nickel.

My life would be full of sin and no one to forgive that sin. The Bible I believe in just be another book, instead of being the word of God. without easter the Gospel I believe in would not exist.

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You see if Christ has not risen from the dead then those who believe in him have no faith, the church we go to may as well not be there because the Gospel it preaches would be in vain, it would be irrelevant, and useless. All our prayers are just a excercise in futility.

If Christ has not been raised then the Christian faith is a joke.

What about the apostles? They would have died for a cause that did not exist, and all their preaching was useless. Without the resurrection of Christ there is no forgiveness for my sin or for yours.

Oh yes you sin, the Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short.

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read the word: read Romans:3:23

The whole idea behind the Gospel is to tell about Jesus,  Christ the Son of God and it is the central part of Christianity

Jesus came to earth with the sole purpose dying on the cross for the sin of the world, to be resurrected therefore defeating the grave, defeating death and making a mockery of satan, and most of all giving us eternal life.

As a Christian my main hope is that one day I will be reunited with those I love who have died, and that we will be in heaven with Christ.

Because Christ was raised from the dead all the negatives of this world become positives in Glory, we have true faith, true forgiveness, and a hope for the future.

Because Jesus was raised from the dead our faith is not worthless, we are not still in our sin, and we have a future. Heaven awaits us. Eternal life is ours.

On that first easter morning when Mary arrived at the grave, she found it empty, it was empty because Jesus had come out. He came out of the tomb so that He could come into our hearts and give us hope for the future, forgiveness for the present and the past, and faith for daily living.

The tragedy is not that the tomb is empty, but that there are many whose hearts are empty.

 

JESUS IS ALIVE!!

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Blessings

Alex

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GOD’S PROMISES WHEN WE ARE IN A VALLEY: JONAH:1

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If you are like me at some stage in your life you will have been, or are in a valley! That is a valley of dispare, a period in your life were nothing goes right, Like that job you really wanted and it went to someone else, maybe the lottery win that never comes, or the finance that always seem to be just short of what you need.

In the book of Jonah in the Old Testament we see Jonah in a valley, we find him running away from GOD, scripture tells us that Jonah bought a ticket to go to Tarshish instead of Nineveh as GOD told him to.

We may run away from our valleys because we are afraid of the outcome, maybe because we think we might fail in the task we have been asked to do. Here it is the opposite Jonah is running away because he might succeed in the task that GOD had given to him. The only thing wrong with that is that Jonah forgot what kind of GOD we serve, he had forgotten what king David knew so well when he said,

WHERE CAN I GO FROM YOUR SPIRIT? OR WHERE CAN I FLEE FROM YOUR PRESENCE?” (Psalm:139:7).

The answer is that we cannot flee anywhere that GOD does not know, He is all Present, he is everywhere.

We may not feel it sometimes when we are searching for an answer to our valley experience, when we think GOD is not listening or does not care. Scripture tells us that GOD is an all knowing GOD, that is to say He knows everything that is going on in our lives and whats more He cares, that is why He is always waiting for us to bring all our trails all our troubles all our valleys to him in prayer.

Just read what Jonah realised when he was in his valley!

“I WENT DOWN TO THE MOORINGS OF THE MOUNTAINS (valleys); THE EARTH WITH ITS BARS CLOSED BEHIND ME FOREVER; (he thought the world was closing in on him). YET YO HAVE BROUGHT UP MY LIFE FROM THE PIT. (when you are rock bottom). O LORD, MY GOD“.

Jonah:1:6 NKJV.

My prayer for you is that when you are down in your valleys that you will seek GOD’S face and His guidance, He will NOT let you DOWN!

 

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GOD’S PROMISES WHEN WE ARE WAITING: ISAIAH:30:18

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We have all had to wait for something in our life! As a child you wait for christmas, your birthday, dare I say to leave school. When we are grown up we wait in a que to be served, we wait for a bus, a taxi, for the right person to turn up!

It is the same in our Spiritual life we wait for a miracle, we wait for GOD to show us which path to take, we wait for Him to answer prayer!

I want you to look at the 2 promises GOD makes in the following verse!

“THEREFORE THE LORD WILL WAIT, THAT HE MAY BE GRACIOUS TO YOU:

AND THEREFORE HE WILL BE EXALTED, THAT HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON YOU.

FOR THE LORD IS A GOD OF JUSTICE;

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WAIT FOR HIM”.

ISAIAH:30:18 NKJV.

The first promise finds GOD waiting not us, He is waiting for us to talk to Him. so that He may bless us, and by us going to Him He is exalted as He shows mercy on us.

Then in the second half of the verse we are told that GOD is justice; and we are Blessed just for waiting for Him.

So the next time you need an answer make GOD your first port of call, and I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Blessings

Alex

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THE PROMISES OF GOD: FOR ALL OUR NEEDS:

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In the Gospel of Matthew we find JESUS talking to his disciples about the subject of worry; because life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. (Matt:6:25)

Don’t worry about what you will eat!

Don’t worry about what you will drink!

Don’t worry about what you have to wear!

Instead of worrying about all these things JESUS tell us what we really should do.

“BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED TO YOU.

 

MATT:6:33. NKJV

JESUS is promising us that if we go to  GOD first with all our worry, that He will take care of all our essentials.

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PROMISES OF GOD’S WORD: NUMBERS:23:19

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In the book of Numbers in the Old Testament we have the promise of:

GOD CANNOT LIE:

HE HAS NO NEED TO REPENT

WHAT HE HAS SAID, HE WILL DO

WHAT HE HAS SPOKEN, HE WILL MAKE HAPPEN:

Read to this verse:

GOD is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Numbers:23:19 NKJV.

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