He is risen: Church Notes

There is man sitting at the right hand of God. He was beaten, tortured, and nailed to a cross where he suffered from those who praised His name a few days earlier. His wrists were scarred. His feet were mutilated. His bones were crushed. And He wore a crown of thorns. Many of you, perhaps all of you, have heard that this man rose from the grave as if by some miracle. He left an empty tomb with his clothes folded: I will return. That very man who rose from the grave rose you from the grave, too. He raised you from your sin and your shame. He raised you from all that chained you down. He raised you from your demons. He raised you from your nightmares. He raised you from those things you thought you could never outrun. He raised the dreams you never thought possible, He raised the hope you dared not have. He raised you from a weak and broken sinner to a child of the One who created the world.
Jesus didn’t die just for Easter. He didn’t die for one day to celebrate with pastel eggs and sugar highs…
He died for your eternity
He is risen, but so are you.
The devil was soundly defeated at the cross of Calvary—and that is something he doesn’t want us to know. Through His death, Jesus destroyed the one who had the power of death, which is the devil. And when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the stranglehold of satan is broken. He cannot control us. We can rest in the finished work of Christ. This means that when we face spiritual battles, we are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from it. We don’t fight to get victory. We fight because it has already been obtained. Romans 8:37 tells us, “Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ

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