Sunday, March 27, 2005

He has been Raised!

There is no day more monumental to the Christian faith than resurrection Sunday. As the apostle Paul says, if Christ has not been bodily raised from the dead our faith is worthless. It is the reality and the fact of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ that the Christian faith stands firmly upon. There is no event which mirrors it in history; no event which is as significant to humanity as the gift of the Almighty God of His Son. The Second person of the Trinity, the Son, incarnate walked upon this earth and He was crucified to be the propitiation for our sins. This morning I preached a sermon from Luke 23:33-43 in which I asked the question, "What would motivate God to send His One and only Son to die for people who were not even looking for salvation?" John Piper and his ilk would say that Jesus Christ came in order to glorify Himself and to glorify the Father. Instead of being contrary to human nature, which seeks glory for itself, Piper apparently believes that God does exactly what he condemns; seeking glory for oneself.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of realizing that Jesus Christ did not come primarily to glorify Himself. God sent His Son because He loves! The eternal Son died on our behalf because He loves us. The beauty of the Gospel is that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will receive eternal life." (John 3:16) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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