Sunday, April 4, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Matthew 27:52-53
Thought of The Day : Jesus Christ’s resurrection proofs that, resurrection and immortality of saints is possible.
LISTEN : Jesus Christ died not to save Himself or the angels in heaven, but to save humanity. He was wounded, bruised and chastised for our sins. The Bible says,
“But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.“
Besides, He resurrected not to bless God, but to give hope and eternal life to those who believe in His name. Isn’t that interesting! Christ is risen because He conquered death, and if we believe in Him we shall eventually conquer death too. My dear, by Christ’s resurrection, He demonstrated His supremacy to everyone and everything. Jesus Christ’s resurrection proofs that, resurrection and immortality of saints is possible. As a matter of fact, resurrection is the proof of the power of Jesus Christ over the power of death and the grave. The Bible says,
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave,
where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Conrinthians 15:55-57
By His death, He destroyed the power of Satan. The power of God is supreme to the power of the grave. His Spirit quickens dead bones and bodies and bring them back to life. Nothing can ever hold back anyone whom God has set free. Surely, the grave can’t continue to hold back anyone that heaven has pronounced ‘alive.’ Beloved, we are alive with Christ Jesus. When Jesus Christ finally died on the cross, remarkable things happened. The veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked, and the rocks rent. The graves of the saints were opened, and they resurrected after the resurrection of Christ and showed themselves to many in the city of Jerusalem. My dear, Christ is risen and ever alive because nothing is impossible to God. And we have same hope of resurrection if we walk with Him from start to finish. Praise God, Jesus Christ is alive. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Determine to walk with Christ and you will share in the resurrection of the dead.
2. Ask God to open your eyes to the agony of Christ on the cross and the peace He brings to us.
3. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour and submit to Him henceforth.
4. No matter what, don’t throw away your faith and confidence in Christ Jesus.
Prayer : Almighty God! I thank you because Christ died for me, and he’s risen for my sake. Therefore, I will live the rest of my life for Him, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life. By reason of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, receive strength above limitations, sicknesses and diseases, and wickedness of men. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Nothing can ever hold back anyone who God has set free except self-inflicted ignorance.
Quote : “When the heaven speaks, the earth can’t continue to keep silent. And when God visits the grave the power of death is conquered.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Absalom conspired with the Israelites to dethrone his father David? (2 Samuel 15:13-14).
Today In History : April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Brazil covers 50% of the South America continent?
Bible Quiz : Who amongst the sons of Jacob killed Shechem and his people?
God bless you!