Pastor David Stiles: Resurrection Day is coming
By Pastor David Stiles
Baldwin Baptist Church
Resurrection Day is coming. What will you do to celebrate?
God's word says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth"(Rom.1:16)
This has nothing to do with traditions adapted by man to reach up to God. It has everything to do with Christ, the Son of almighty God, coming from eternity past to save us from our sins. Don't reject him as your Saviour. Your eternity is at stake. The Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood to wash our sins away.
Peter says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."(1 Peter 1:23)
Clearly its not about us. Our works are as filthy rags before a holy, righteous God. Our invented rituals or ceremonies are meaningless to God. After the Lord Jesus hung on the cross to pay our sin debt, why would you think something you imagine would be equal to His shed blood? Cults have historically invented systems that are not biblical and void of effective sin-removing abilities. When you mix fantasy with truth, the result is still wrong. False religion believers have corrupted the truth as well. We must be true to the word of God. What does the Bible say?
"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."(Psa.119:130)
We need more light. Look to Christ. The world is full of darkness. But take heart for the word of God says, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts"(2 Peter 1:19)
Pay attention to Christ. Trust Him now. He saves.
Look at the world today. What evil and wickedness we have running rampant today.
"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."(Rom.3:23)
We have a sin problem. The answer is faith in Christ.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."(Psa.119:105) The answers are in: "The holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"(2 Tim. 3:15,16)
Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. The resurrection is proof the sacrifice of Christ was accepted. We celebrate the victory of God over death and sin that day. The gospel is true. Jesus said, "Ye must be born again." (Jn 3)
Wake up, America!
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."(Rom. 10:17)
Listen to God. Failure to respond to God's love brings judgement for our sins.
"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."(Rom 6:23)
Have you accepted the gift God has for you? Eternal life is free for us, but it must be received by faith. We can celebrate God's love, mercy and offer of salvation through Christ. Repent of the works salvation lie. Put your faith in the risen Christ. Accept the grace of God. Humble yourself before an almighty God. You must believe in Christ or be lost in the fires of hell for eternity. It's your choice. Get your eternity settled. Then charge forward with Christ.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"(1 Peter 2:2)
New birth in Christ is only the beginning. Please make use of the offer God gives to all who will come to him by faith. It is God's plan. His plan will work if you work his plan. Faith in Christ, and Christ alone. It isn't Jesus plus good works, rituals, ceremonies, man's traditions or church membership. Real Christians live by faith. What will you do with Jesus on resurrection day?