It's "In Other Words Tuesday" when we get to write on a quote chosen by our host for the week. Nina of Mama's Little Treasures chose the following quote for today:
“The greatest distinction between Christianity and other religions is that the death of its founder did not mark the termination of His life and ministry. . . . . The Resurrection is the hinge on which the truth of our faith turns, and without it nothing else would really matter. . . . The dynamic joy of our faith would turn into speculation, and Christianity would be simply one of many human philosophies and religious theories.”Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age by John MacArthur
People can debate all they want. But if the resurrection didn't happen, my faith is in vain.
I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, rose again and is alive today seated at the right hand of God, the Father continuing to intercede on my behalf.
This Truth is the reason I can:
- Be joyful despite difficult circumstances
- Wake up each morning with praise on my lips
- Forgive easily
- Be free from the punishment of my past sins
- Love others with the love of Christ
- Not worry about always having to prove myself to others
- See hurting people through His eyes
- Be certain in my heart that I know the end of the story
- Be comforted knowing I will see my loved ones again in heaven
- Know that I am never alone
- Rejoice that my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life
- Live each day in His strength and not my own
I could go on and on but the list would be so long.
Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. He claimed to be equal with God. The Jewish religious leaders were appalled by His claims. Many in our day think Jesus was a good man. But if Jesus was not who He claimed to be, He really would be a lunatic and a liar.
I believe John MacArthur's quote is true.
Jesus is alive.
I am free because of this fact.
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am(AI) the bread of life.(AJ) Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes(AK) in me will never be thirsty.(AL) 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me(AM) will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven(AN) not to do my will but to do the will(AO) of him who sent me.(AP) 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,(AQ) but raise them up at the last day.(AR) 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son(AS) and believes in him shall have eternal life,(AT) and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:35-40
So let's get personal. Who do you say Jesus is?
Blessings and love,