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Jesus' Death and Resurrection

(Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-8)

Lesson 7 -- second quarter 1998
April 12, 1998

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 1998, Christian Light Publications

"As he said unto you." The words of the angel to the women. Words of reminder. Words of confirmation. Words of promise. Words of hope. "He told you so!" Perhaps they had already forgotten what the Lord had told them not so long ago: "But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee" (Matthew 26:32). If they had indeed forgotten or had instead been overwhelmed by unbelief or perplexity, now they remembered. Now they believed. Now they understood. The Master was alive!

What has the Lord Jesus said to you? Do you remember? Do you believe? The remainder of this page will mostly serve to remind you of some things He has said to you. Read, remember and believe, because they are "as he said unto you." Forgiveness. You need only to repent. Can you accept that His forgiveness will be as certain as He said? "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses." "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake."

Cleansing. No matter how bad you have been or how much evil you have thought (or even continue to struggle with), the Lord is perfectly able to bring cleansing to you. Will you believe this is just as He said? "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

Justification. Justification involves receiving from His hand a new nature and a new position before God. As you read what He said, can you trust Him enough to believe the facts are as He said? "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Power. Sometimes we seem so powerless in our Christian experience. But listen to the truth as He said! "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)."

Blessing. Living for God and doing right can often appear unrewarding. So perk up, dear one, and anticipate receiving the blessings as He said. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." "Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

The Master is alive!

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