Today’s Scrip-Bit 1 April 2018 Romans 6:12.

Romans 6:12.   Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

HAPPY  EASTER!

Welcome family, friends and neighbours to this the most joyful day and time in Christendom; Easter Sunday! Wow! What a dramatic splash Jesus made on that first Easter morning as He rose triumphantly from the grave, holding the keys to death, hell and the grave! 

All thanks and Glory be to God my people, for that is the awesome fact that gives us the hope, sorry not the hope, but the faithful assurance of salvation and life everlasting with Him, forever and ever. Because He rose from the grave, we His followers will also rise from the darkness of hell to the wonderful light of heaven. 

That’s why there is so much joy and such a tremendous outpouring of LOVE and compassion in our world today. Christians will be rejuvenated as we celebrate that miraculous and awe-inspiring action of our omnipotent and magnanimous God that took place some two thousand years ago! 

And today, numerous believers will flock to the Lord’s sanctuary, including those who only go to church at Easter and Christmas, (smile) and both their voices and hearts will be raised to heaven, will soar like eagles on high, with sincere praise and thanks to Almighty God for the most wonderful gifts of salvation and eternal life, obtained through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, then His momentous resurrection on this Easter Sunday. 

But enough talk, let us raise our voices too with those all around the world as we sing that awesome old hymn written by Charles Wesley; ‘Christ The Lord Is Risen Today!’ 

Now in strong voice, with sincere hearts: ‘Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!  LOVE’S redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 

Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!  Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 

Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to LOVE, Alleluia!’ 

Oh friends, what a wonderful God we serve! Though Charles Wesley’s words were great, in reality, there are no words that can truly convey the awesome character and LOVE and compassion of our God; the ONE and ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD; He of Abraham Isaac and Jacob! 

Which other supposed Deity would have LOVED us the way He did, to send His ONLY Son to die for us while we were still sinners, His veritable enemies eh? NO OTHER! And who would grant us chance after chance after chance to be reconciled to Him, showing us endless undeserved mercy eh? NO OTHER! And don’t forget that the soul saving and life giving gifts of salvation and eternal life are free; they only call for sincere belief in His Son Jesus. 

Now if all of that doesn’t strike a major chord in all of our hearts, and help us to draw closer to Christ, then we’re surely made of stone. That’s why I’m not going to get into the traditional Easter story, but rather try to point out the most basic but truly significant aspect of Christ’s resurrection, as Bruh Paul denotes it: freedom from sin’s power. 

Listen to some of his discourse. ‘Know ye not, that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?’ (Rom. 6:3) When we received salvation, identified with Christ, through the outward show of baptism and the receiving of Holy Spirit we became tied up in all His affairs. 

‘Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like (just) as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’ (Rom.6:4) As the scholars explain: ‘We should live our everyday lives manifesting resurrection life, free from sin’s control.’ 

‘For if we have been planted (united) together in the likeness of his death, (certainly) we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed (rendered inoperative), that henceforth we should not serve (be slaves of) sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.’ (Rom.6:5-7) 

Yes friends, we have been delivered from the guilt and penalty of sin and have been set free to serve Christ. That is what His resurrection should be working in us. Oh I know we have to celebrate and rejoice, and all that, but on the practical level we have to lift our lives out of the morass of sin that is enveloping our world. Jesu died so that we could have the ability to conquer, to rise up over sin, like He did. 

‘Likewise reckon (consider) ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, through (in) Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 

Neither yield (present) ye your members as instruments (weapons) of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield (present) yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments (weapons) of righteousness unto God.’ (Rom.6:12-13) 

And on this Easter Sunday of 2018, I pray that all believers will become truly committed to stop sin from having mastery over their lives and stop giving into it. That’s eternal wisdom! Much LOVE!

…being truly involved with Jesus…is all about sincere COMMITMENT…

 

 

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