Ele Vive (Páscoa)
"He is risen." These are the words spoken by the angel of the Lord to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb where Jesus had been buried. This angel came from heaven, rolled back the stone from the tomb, and sat down on the stone to let the world see that Jesus was not in the tomb. This angel brought the greatest message of hope the world has ever heard: "He is risen!" Yes, Jesus died "for our sins according to the scriptures," He was buried, and He arose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3, 4). But, He lives to:
1. SAVE US
Every human being on earth, since Adam, has been born with a sinful nature. "All have sinned" (Rom. 5:12), and all must be forgiven and therefore be born again, or else they must be condemned to go to hell. No one is able to save himself, but Jesus, our risen Lord, can and will save any and all that will believe and trust Him as their Savior. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by Me."
2. GIVE US HOPE
Hope is what keeps us alive and going on when circumstances and surroundings get so bad that we become desperate, sometimes even desiring to die. Hope comes and points us through the darkness to a better time and place. Because Jesus lives, there is a brightness on the horizon. Paul calls it "that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ" (Tit. 2:13).
3. HELP US ON OUR JOURNEY
We are the born-again, blood-washed, heaven-bound children of God, but we are not home yet. And, we are not glorified yet. We are also in enemy territory, and this would surely destroy us. At our best, we are weak and no match for the conflicts of life. But, Jesus ever lives and watches over us. Yes, Jesus can and will help us no matter what the problem may be. We serve a risen Savior!
Sermon by Rev. Billy Bryant