He is risen!

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “He is risen!”
Without question, Easter is the most important day of the year on the Christian calendar. Good Friday is the second most important and Christmas is the third. The fact that Jesus was born matters tremendously. The fact that he died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and mine is important beyond description. But the fact that He arose from the dead changed everything. As the Apostle Paul taught in Ephesians chapters one and two and in Romans chapter eight, the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is the power He will use to raise you and I to eternal life as well.
The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most provable facts in recorded history. So much so that Billy Graham once wrote, “There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived or that Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three.”  
Throughout history it has been the proof of the resurrection that has led many sceptics and atheists to faith in Christ. C.S. Lewis was one of the most brilliant men of his day, a professor at Oxford College in England. He was also a sceptic of Christianity who eventually came to faith in Christ. He wrote that it was his study of the resurrection that eventually led him to conclude that it is impossible for the Christian faith to not be true.
Entire books have been written by former atheists and sceptics documenting the historicity of the resurrection. Josh McDowell was one them. He was a top law student who decided to use his research skills to prove once and for all that Christianity was a hoax. Instead, his studies led him to the same conclusion that C.S. Lewis arrived at, “It’s impossible for this to not be true.” “Evidence that Demand a Verdict” and “A Ready Defense” are two of Josh’s books that record in detail all the evidence he uncovered that convinced him the resurrection of Jesus absolutely did happen.
Lee Strobel is another of those former atheists. He was an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Different person, same circumstances, same outcome. He set out to prove that Christianity and the resurrection of Christ is all a fraud. Instead, his investigation led him to faith in Christ and then to author a series of books, all based on his research. His book “The Case for Easter” was a New York Times bestseller.
It’s hard to argue with the truth. Jesus lived, He died, and he arose again. So, at Easter, we Christians gather in joyful Easter celebrations. When we do the preacher declares “Christ is risen!” and the people respond in unison, “He is risen indeed!”
Yes, He is risen indeed!
God bless,
Pastor Jim
(Join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church every Sunday at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville)
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