Resurrection Week Thoughts; Saturday

Saturday, One Day before Resurrection Sunday

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached [announced the victory of the Cross and the hope of Resurrection] to the spirits in prison.” 1 Peter 3:18-19

A series of post-Calvary events commenced with the death of Christ. Initially, as our Great High Priest, Christ presented His blood in heaven thus satisfying the righteous demands of the Father. He then descended into Hades declaring a full and final victory at the cross. In this declarative act all the righteous dead who throughout the ages had been awaiting the Messiah, could rejoice. The keys to death, hell and the grave had been taken from Satan; he had been defeated, judged and sentenced. Christ was triumphant!

How can I say it any clearer? “WE WIN BECAUSE CHRIST WON.” Regardless of the daily skirmishes be they large or small, the ultimate outcome has been decided. In the final analysis, those who are Christ’s are already victorious. Let your mind dwell on those things. Set your affections on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of power and authority. Oh yes, we are seated with him!

Dear Victorious King, Thank you for victory. Thank you for the hope and peace provided by that overwhelming and triumphant conquest. Thank you that your righteousness is my righteousness and that I stand totally complete in you. Let me live with that perspective throughout this day.

Gripped by a sense of Your victory,
Amen

Be blessed today folks,
Pastor Ken

SHERIE AND I ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING WITH YOU ALL TOMORROW, RESURRECTION SUNDAY AT 9:30AM FOR A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST.

Ephesians 4:8-10;Hebrews 9:11-14; 1 John 3:8; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 1:18; Matthew 12:40; 1 Peter 3:18-19; Matthew 27:50-53; Colossians 3:1-3; Ephesians 2:6

Comments

  1. Kirk Barry says:

    Excellent thoughts this past week on the resurrection. In depth and insightful. I can just imagine what the next week was like. All the excitement as one by one they see for themselves or are told of the resurrected Christ. And next, Pentecost! !!………wow

  2. Kirk Barry says:

    This journey to Pentecost study is a fantastic idea! As I re read John 20 I see that Jesus twice told them “peace”. Then Jesus said he was sending them just as He had been sent. No wonder He said “peace”. Jesus was sent as a sacrifice. As one who chose to be a servant rather than a king. As one who lived his life as a pilgrim. Not to own or attain but rather to give. The antithesis of our american culture and mindset. I am desperate to walk in this new wineskin. And it is “new” for me. I want to respond fully to that Ken. I want to be known as one of the sent ones. If only I could abandon my desires. My need to achieve. Pentecost is but a few days away. I want to be found in the upper room, not the outer court.

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