Then They Remembered His Words?
by Pastor's Corner on April 6th, 2015

​It is not a surprise that the month of April begins with the celebration of Passion Week which leads ultimately to Easter.  Passion or Holy Week is a part of Lent characterized by some Christians fasting and denying themselves in remembrance of Christ’s suffering on their behalf. It was during this week that the Lord would suffer unto death for sins He did not commit.  Yet the Bible reminds us that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
 
In essence Christ paid the price required for the atonement of sin. His body was broken and his blood shed for all mankind.  Jesus must give His life in order for men to be forgiven. The price to cover sin always required the shedding of blood.  The shedding of blood required a sacrifice and this was something that the Lord God had revealed to His people Israel.  “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Lev. 17:11)  In other words, Jesus became God’s sacrificed lamb whose blood was shed and whose life was sacrificed that every human being might have a right to the Tree of Life.
 
Thank God the story does not end there.  Although Jesus died like every other human being, He alone was raised from the dead; the Bible declaring “that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Rom. 8:29b) We celebrate Easter because it is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We join in this celebration knowing that it will also be our experience. John records the words of Jesus in his Gospel: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; And whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)  
 
The question must be asked: ‘What is it that we are to believe?’ I encourage you to believe that although Easter is an annual celebration, it was meant to be more than that.  I exhort you to know that even though the resurrection is a reality and happened on that Sunday morning some two thousand years ago, it was never meant to be limited to just one day. In fact, Easter should be our everyday experience and resurrection should be our everyday expectation.  We can celebrate that there is a victory for every trial and triumph for every challenge. We are people of hope even in the midst of despair and we choose faith even when surrounded by doubt.  If the truth were told, we need a resurrection experience every day of our lives.
 
My heart and prayer for you is that you “would remember His words” and apply them to your everyday situation whether that involve your personal life, your relationship, your family, your finances, or whatever represents a situation that feels dead or beyond human ability to change, fix, or repair.  The truth is as relevant today as it was then.  God is still on His throne and He can still come by your dwelling place and cause what is dead to live again.  He is still Lord of all!  Your condition may feel like it is over.  Three or four days may have already passed, but “remember His words” because in them is life.  May you not only have a blessed Easter – but may you experience the power of the resurrection every day of your lives and may your future forever be changed because you have believed.
 
In His Service,
Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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