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GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 29 ~ ~ John 11:25 ~ ~ “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

We, as the bride, got a big package delivered from our Bridegroom. It is His Resurrection.

That event brings at least ten gifts to His bride. There are many benefits that are wrapped up in the fact and event of the Resurrection that mean a great deal to believers.

Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Justification means to “be put right with.” Because of our sin, humanity is cut off from a right relationship with God

Rom. 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If we’re saved, we know that Christ died for our sins. The resurrection is vital in that it proves the reality of that. If He died and stayed in the tomb, He would soon have been forgotten just like all the others at that time who were claiming to be the messiah. They thought the Messiah would be a political if not a military warrior who would free them from Rome. He would have been written off as just another failure at that attempt if He hadn’t been resurrected. It proves many things as we will see when we go on.

The resurrection ended the separation between us and God that sin had created. As Christians, we believe that Jesus will come again and those who have died in the faith are now with the Lord and those of us who are alive will join our Heavenly King and be a part of the kingdom that has no end.

Without someone stepping in to correct the separation situation, we cannot have the relationship with God that He intended. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God put our punishment on Christ so that we could be justified before Him The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross and gives us access to a right relationship with Him. …..if we will accept it.

2Cor 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

That means, we have been made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness because of Christ’s death and the proof is His Resurrection.

God is just (righteous) beyond our knowledge. Perfection is what He is and perfection is what He must demand. It’s Who He is.

Although He is all merciful, and all gracious, that cannot take the place of His justice or He would cease to be Who He is.

It must all be in balance, and perfect. He couldn’t have a less than perfect person in heaven. It just can’t be.

The only solution was to make us perfect. The only way that could come about is through trading places with a perfect person, aka Jesus. He paid our eternal fine, so to speak, and we are forever united with Him…perfectly. This is justification.

If He hadn’t been resurrected, then we could not be resurrected at the end, and it would all fall apart. But He was, so the offer still stands for your perfect future, besides having fellowship with Him in this life.

None of this will be yours, though, if you haven’t acknowledge His Lordship in your life, and that He is the one who saved you from your sins. You don’t get the benefits without joining with Him.

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