Because He Lives
October 13, 2015
“So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’…But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”
-John 2:18, 19 & 21 (NKJV)
Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ told His disciples repeatedly what had to happen to Him in order for Him to complete The Father’s plan of salvation for the world. Jesus told them that He had to suffer and die at the hands of His accusers and that God would raise Him from the dead on the third day. (Read Matt. 16:21, Mk. 9:9 and Jn. 2:19) Christ even told His disciples where to meet Him after the resurrection. (Read Matt. 26:32) However, The Disciples did not understand what Christ had told them until after His resurrection. The Apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 15:1-23 the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation and hope of the Christian faith. It is also the testimony of the power of God to all who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
In addition to Scripture, there are numerous songs and hymns that stir the hearts of Believers as we lift our voices in praise as we affirm the sovereign power God that was made real in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One of my favorite songs regarding this matter is, “Because He Lives.” From my theological perspective, the lyrics of this hymn contain the central message of God’s plan of salvation and the hope God made real to all who cast their lot and life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, when I sing the chorus of this song the joy in my soul reaches a new plateau. The words therein contain the reassuring hope and strength that every Believer will need as we strive to walk faithfully with our Lord through time and trust Him for eternity. Come with me as I lift up the words from the chorus of “Because He Lives.”
- “Because He lives I can face tomorrow”: How often do we allow the issues of life and faith to burden our souls to the point where they sap our strength of the present day and intrude upon our hope of tomorrow? The song writer declares that, Because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, we have heaven’s assurance that regardless of what we encounter on each day of this journey we can face it knowing that our faith in the Risen Savior will be sufficient to carry us through! (Hallelujah and Praise God!)
- “Because He lives all fear is gone.”: One of the greatest enemies of faith is fear. When fear seizes control of our mind, heart and soul it magnifies the problem in our sight and hinders our capacity to trust God. Fear limits our strength to what we can do with what is before us, rather than trusting the power and presence of God to meet us where we have need. But the song writer says, Because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, every Believer possesses a promissory note from God that says “He will never leave us nor forsake us.” Therefore, we can live with the divine assurance that God’s power will always be greater than our problems. (Read Rom. 5:3) Even the more, Scripture declares that “There is no fear in love; perfect love casts out fear……” I Jn. 4:18 (NKJV)
- “Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives”: What a bold statement of faith! Yes, there will be trials of life and faith as we seek to serve the Lord. Yes, the forces of this world will try to make us abandon our faith in God. But, Because Jesus Christ has over come death, hell and the grave, we can trust Him to lead and guide us every day that God grants us grace. In fact, Jesus has promised to be with us always until we see Him face to face. (Matt. 28:20b) Therefore, we can live with confidence that the Lord knows the future both here and in the hereafter. “Because He lives”, we can trust the Lord to guide us every step of the way!!
Prayer: Father God, We thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins and for raising Him from the dead so that we can live with the confidence that all power rests in Your Sovereign hands. Now Lord, as we go forward on life’s uneven journey, help us to mature in our faith in You. Help us to arrive at that place in our heart, mind and soul that we too might know that power in our lives that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin
Denver Cluster Coach