Seven Reasons to Celebrate! Easter Sunday 2016

I thought I would share something a little different with you this morning. So here are even reasons to rejoice, celebrate and delight in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

#1 By his resurrection Jesus was affirmed as God: and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 1:4)

#2 His resurrection signals the beginning of Christ’s reign over his church:

The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. Then God put him in the place of honour at his right hand as Prince and Saviour. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. (Acts 5:30-31)

#3 Because Jesus was raised we can be Justified: He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. (Rom 4:25)

#4 Because Jesus was raised we have a picture of the wonder of new birth: The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Rom 8:11)

#5 Because Jesus was raised we can know his power and strength: I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. (Eph 1:19-21)

#6 Because Jesus was raised we also will be raised: We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. (2 Cor 4:14)

#7 Because Jesus was raised we will receive new bodies: It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.  Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die. (1 Cor 15:52-54a)

Be blessed, Gareth