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BECAUSE HE LIVES WE CAN FACE THE DEVIL AND HIS SINS

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: BECAUSE HE LIVES, WE CAN FACE THE DEVIL AND HIS SINS

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also.”
John 14;19 KJV

BUT… “BECAUSE HE LIVES, I CAN FACE TOMORROW.” Familiar words to every Christian who has been in church even occasionally. “Because He Lives” was written by Gloria and Bill Gaither, familiar names to most church-goers. Kristin Chenoweth is also credited with writing the lyrics. Though the song is relatively recent (1971), it is already a Christian classic, regarded as great as many of the all time classic hymns. “Because Jesus is a living Savior, we are given the supernatural strength to face the difficulties of tomorrow,” the Gaithers have said.

Because He Lives
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives
How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day, because He lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives
And then one day, I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see…

THIS SONG IS INTENDED TO BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO EVERYONE who might read it but particularly to anyone who is going through some tribulation at this time and could use a little encouragement at this time.
As someone has wisely said, “You are either in a storm right now or you are about to enter a storm.” Life is full of momentous tomorrows, is it not? Sometimes they cause us to tremble with fear. Sometimes we don’t think we can ever face tomorrow.

THE REALITY OF “BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW” is history: Christ’s history and our own history. Christ really did live and die and rise from the tomb. He really is a living Savior. And we, too, can testify to the reality of the hymn’s title. We believers know He lives. And we believers know we can face tomorrow because – through Jesus – we have faced many tomorrows and come through them all. That is no small point. We have a track record. God has delivered us through many difficult tomorrows. He has proved Himself unfailingly and incomparably worthy of our trust.

THE THOUGHT OF JESUS BEING PERMANENTLY WITH BELIEVERS is a prominent teaching of the New Testament. “This fellowship is a continuing one. We were not privileged to walk the dusty roads of Palestine with Jesus. But we know an even sweeter fellowship with both the Father and the Son in their presence through the Holy Spirit. And that fellowship now is but a foretaste of a continuing and infinitely richer one in heaven.” – Herschel H. Hobbs

“BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW, Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living – just because He lives.”

“If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
1 Corinthians 15:14&17 KJV

“CHRIST’S RESURRECTION IS OUR GUARANTEE OF at least two basic truths: First, He has the power to give His life to us and to bring us ultimately to glory to reign with Him forever. And second, His resurrection makes it possible for Him to live in our hearts and to be an integral part of our daily living.” – Kenneth W. Osbeck

Without the resurrection we don’t have a God to worship, without the resurrection Jesus is no better than Buddha or Muhammad or any other religious leader.
And the difference about Christianity is that it is the only world religion whose founder claims to have rised physically, bodily from the dead. And that is exactly right. And that is what makes Christianity different. And it was also right in the fact that it pointed out that this was the imputess and motivation of the early believers. They really believed and were convinced that Jesus was alive. And that is the thing that made them so bold and so courageous in the face of torture, in the face of crucifixion, and in the face of losing everything they had. They continued to stand up and proclaim the good news because they really were convinced that Jesus was alive.

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:17

The history of humanity is really the tale of two men. Adam, the first man, was perfectly created by God and lived in a perfect world. He knew God and reflected His likeness. But he rebelled against the God who loved him. He doubted God’s word, distrusted God’s goodness, and defied God’s law. His penalty was corruption and death to all mankind.

Jesus Christ, the second man, was the eternal Son of God who took on flesh and came to live among us in this evil world. He perfectly fulfilled God’s law, revealed God’s goodness, and spoke God’s word. He lovingly obeyed God His Father in giving His life on the cross for humanity. His reward was resurrection and the gift of eternal life for all mankind.

The first plunged humanity into sin. The second freed people from sin. One caused condemnation; the other achieved justification. The first initiated mortality. The second inaugurated immortality. The first brought death, the second gives life. Paul writes about this in 1 Corinthians 15:

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event of all human history. Jesus’ death reconciled us to God and His resurrection brought us eternal salvation. Everything has changed because Jesus lives and gives life.

I love the modern hymn by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa, His Mercy Is More. It says,
What love could remember, no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, New every morn’
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Christ’s righteous deed was greater than Adam’s evil deed, even as love is greater than selfishness. Because He lives God’s grace is greater than our sin.

How much sin have you piled up? God’s grace in Christ is greater!
How great is your guilt and condemnation? God’s free gift of justification is greater!
Is sin ruling in your life? God’s gift of righteousness in Christ is greater!
Today we celebrate the God’s gift of His Son Jesus Christ our risen Lord who has won the victory over sin, condemnation and death. What do you do with a gift? Receive it. You can do that today.
Admit your need for a Savior, that you are under the just condemnation of the Holy God who loves you.
Turn away from the sin and selfishness in your life. Believe that Jesus died for your sin and rose to give you new life. Confess Him as Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

EVERYTHING IS UNDER HIS CONTROL AND in His way and in His time, one way or another, He will bring us through… or He will bring us home.
LET US TRUST HIM.
“BECAUSE HE LIVES WE CAN FACE TOMORROW!”

“BECAUSE HE LIVES WE CAN FACE THE DEVIL AND HIS SIN!”

SHALOM!

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