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"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

John 14:6


"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 

John 8:32

"A Spiritual Note From The Bible"

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IF CHRIST HAD NOT RISEN

​From Ted's New Book "The JOURNEY and DESTINY of a Christian"



"And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain,

and your faith is also vain. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye

are yet in your sins. If in this life only we have hope in Christ,

we are of all men most miserable."


1 Corinthians 15:14,17,19


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The Empty Tomb (Mark 16:1-8)



Did you ever think about what would have happened if Christ had not risen? In the verses above, the apostle Paul tells us that without Jesus' resurrection, our preaching and our faith would be in vain. If we only have hope in Christ as Christians within this life, and not for all eternity, we will be the most miserable of all people. This means that everything depends upon the one and only important fact: a risen Christ. It is important that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to everything we believe and hope for. It is the cornerstone of our salvation.


If Jesus had not risen, then none of Jesus' following claims and teachings would be fulfilled. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40), and "I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again..." (John 10:17,18).


In reality, if Jesus had not risen, His work would not be finished. After His three years of public ministry, Jesus was crucified, one of His disciples betrayed Him, and another denied Him. Finally, the apostle Mark tells us: "And they all forsook him, and fled" (Mark 14:50). If Jesus had died and would not have risen, where would be the atonement? It would have been impossible for Him, through the Holy Spirit, to dwell in the heart of every believer to give him supernatural power in his daily life. The individual who trusts Jesus Christ shares His life, and that life changes him to break the bond of sin, and to set him free from all his transgressions. In other words, if Christ be not risen, the preaching is empty, our faith is in vain, we remain in our sins, and we are controlled by them. If Christ actually be not risen, His death was just another typical, natural death, and the doctrine of justification is nonsense—only a big joke.


Because some in Corinth did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 explains the importance of the resurrection of Christ and gives us a few terrible realities if there were no resurrection:


1. Preaching Christ would be senseless, and faith in Christ would be useless: "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain" (v. 14).


2. All the witnesses and all the preachers of the resurrection would be liars: "Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not..." (v. 15).


3. No one would be redeemed from sin: "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins"

(v. 17).


4. All former believers would have perished: "Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished" (v.18).


5.  Believers in Christ would be the most miserable people on the earth: "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" (v. 19).


"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept" (v. 20), assuring us that we will follow Him in the resurrection. "And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power"

(1 Corinthians 6:14). What a wonderful and glorious truth! The first evidence of the resurrection is the testimony of the disciples who saw Him in many of His various appearances. "He [Jesus] rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once"

(1 Corinthians 15:4-6).


Even with their own previous unbelief, they preached and died for Him. The testimony of the apostle Paul himself is such a vital proof, and all of today's critics cannot explain what made him turn from persecutor of the church to a missionary. Paul saw Jesus and heard Him from heaven and the One whom he thought was dead, he found out was alive. As a result, he gave all his life to Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel and finally dying for Him. Paul believed and taught that "It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God..." (Romans 8:34).


The results of preaching about the risen Christ are that people experience forgiveness, peace, salvation, and supernatural power. The final line of evidence of actual resurrection from the dead is the church, a group of men and women and children, joined together from all nations. Before the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only at certain times and only for particular reasons. But now, after the resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give him supernatural power in his daily life. Individuals who trust Jesus Christ share His life, and that life changes them.


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I SERVE A RISEN SAVIOR


I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;

I know that He is living whatever men may say;

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,

And just the time I need Him, He's always near.


He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.


Hymn, by Alfred Henry Ackley (1887-1960)


He Lives (I Serve a Risen Savior) Video


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• "I know the resurrection is a fact...Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned, and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true..." — Evangelist, Charles Colson


• "The Gospel is the Gospel of the Risen Christ. There would be no Gospel for sinners if Christ had not been raised." — Dr. H.A. Ironside


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God raised Jesus from the dead

to free you and me from sin and bring the miraculous power

of His kingdom into our world!

Without Jesus' resurrection from the dead, life would be hopeless.

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HE IS RISEN

Let the heavens sing, and the earth rejoice!

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In the coronavirus pandemic, there is HOPE!


All of us acknowledge the suffering, pain, death, and uncertainty that has been brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. In just a few months, all the world has been turned upside-down. Because of all this, people have many questions. What does the future hold? What is next for our health? How will the economy survive? Will the day come when everything will return to normal in our lives? For all these questions and many more, most people look only for answers from politicians, doctors, economists, and others. Yes! All these people can offer some answers and help, but they ignore the primary source of help, which is God.


He is the creator of the universe. He created everything, He knows everything and controls everything. One person asked me, "Why does God allow this virus in the world?" I do not know, but for sure, I know that "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17.) Also, I know that our sin separates us from God, and many verses in the Bible warns us about the danger we are to face. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die..." (Ezekiel 18:20), "For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23), and "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).


We live today in a humanistic society. People have turned far away from God, do not believe in God, do not read the Bible, do not go to church, do not pray, do not love, fear, and serve God, and in other words, do not obey God's commandments and do not believe His promises. For this reason, the world today is in a big mess. Most people live for themselves and live in sin day and night, which invites God's judgment. Some say the coronavirus is "a plague sent by God." We do not know, but maybe it is, and God will use it to convict the world and turn people from their sinful lifestyles to His son Jesus Christ. He wants them to believe on Him and ask for forgiveness of their sins, and for this reason, God sent Jesus unto the world to die on the cross "He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21).


Dear reader, if you are a redeemed child of God, it is wonderful because Jesus will be with you during this crisis. If you are not a redeemed child of God, I am warning you according to the Bible, do not play with God and ignore His Word. "For the wages of sin is death," but He continues with His offer, "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23). Also, at this time, we have to take His word seriously and the promise of the Lord in the following verse: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14.)


How to KNOW FOR SURE you are Going To Heaven (Video)


Let all of us turn to the Lord and ask for His help, protection, strength, and comfort during this coronavirus pandemic we face.

"Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)


"Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 124)


"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)


Until the time the Lord, according to His will, takes this crisis away, let us keep in mind and practice the encouraging words of the apostle Paul. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)


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ALL YOUR ANXIETY


Is there a heart o'er bound by sorrow?

Is there a life weighed down by care?

Come to the cross, each burden bearing;

All your anxiety—leave it there.


All your anxiety, all your care,

Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,

Never a burden He cannot bear,

Never a friend like Jesus!

       

— Hymn by Edward H. Joy, 1920


All your anxiety (Hymn - Music Clip)


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BECAUSE HE LIVES


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

Because He lives, all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living, just because He lives


 Because He lives (Video)


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I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (Hymn - Music Clip)


God Will Take Care Of You (Hymn - Music Clip)


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"A Spiritual Note from the Bible."


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