Morning Devotion: What’s the difference?
Fundamental truths of the Christian faith are unalterable and undeniable.
1. The virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh.
3. The substitutionary death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. The bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a fundamental truth of our Christian faith. If you do not believe the gospel you cannot be saved.
1 Corinthians 15:1 ¶Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Without this gospel truth and believing in this gospel truth, no one can be saved. One must turn from sin and self and completely trust in the Lord’s plan for your salvation. That plan is the vicarious death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Simply put, Jesus died, was buried and rose again from the dead for your sins. He gave Himself completely for you.
WE already saw how Christ died for your sins and God laid on Him all your iniquity.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
We also saw how Christ rose from the dead and is alive today sitting at the right hand of God. He rose, ascended into heaven and will one day return as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19) He is very much alive today.
When Jesus died, he was buried and rose after three days. Three days was the sign given.
What about the buried part? Jesus died, and was buried. He was placed in borrowed tomb.
But the death and burial have an important significance. The word of God tells us in Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
When you die you will face immediate judgement. Luke 16:19 ¶There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
When Jesus died, he was our judgment; he died without personal sin, instead He died for your sin. When you die, (should you die without Jesus) you will die in your sins and die eternally in hell. With Jesus, when you die, you will live eternally in heaven. WHAT A BLESSING, what a contrast. You will spend eternity somewhere. The choice is yours where that will be.
When Jesus died, He had the promise that He would not experience the corruption of hell. In fact, He would rise from the dead.
Psalms 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
When Jesus died, he preached to those in hell. Can you imagine that?
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Those people heard and know even today that Jesus Christ is Lord. He died, was buried and rose again form the dead and one day, every knee shall bow to Jesus.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
The choice is still yours,