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The Essential Jesus – The Resurrection

Kathryn and I signed a contract on a house last Saturday at Bracken Ridge. After five months of open houses, realestate.com, prayer and discussion, God in His timing has provided. We want to say thanks for your prayers.
I went for a walk past the house the night before our offer was going to the owners. I prayed “we need a miracle Lord”. Saturday was that miracle when ours, although being a lower offer than another, was accepted. Even our Christian real estate agent was surprised. Praise God.
When I think of the gospel, I know it is the greatest miracle. Paul reminds us that the central points of the gospel are these “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve” (1 Cor 15:2-5). We often focus on the cross but without the resurrection Paul tells us ‘your faith is futile; you are still in your sin’ (1 Cor 15:17). The resurrection is the stamp that sin is broken, paid for and has been overcome because HE LIVES. He is the Son of God because HE LIVES. There is life after death because HE LIVES. He calls us to follow because HE LIVES. There is wisdom, guidance, friendship, relationship because HE LIVES. He will come again to judge all of humanity because HE LIVES. He will restore a new heaven and earth where we will be with him as his children for eternity because HE LIVES.
The resurrection is a miracle and opens the door to an eternal relationship we can have with a living Jesus. If you have given your life to Christ, then you know him. If you don’t know him, today is an opportunity to meet him. Start the conversation by asking him “Jesus I want to know you”. Chat with a Christian friend or someone here at SHBC and start the journey of following Jesus for eternity. God bless. Pastor Stephen