Thought for the Week - 18th April

Pastor Gareth Watkins

1 CORINTHIANS 15: 21-23

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.

We have just celebrated Easter, a time of reflection and rejoicing of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and the victory in His blood and resurrection. The stone has rolled away, the light of the world has come, the Holy Spirit has been given to us, and in Him we have hope, life, and eternity. This is the living, miraculous truth for each one of us as Christians. Through One Man we are given life.
These days we are surrounded by an ‘’embrace all’’ or ‘’anything goes’’ society, but friends that is not truth. Do not be deceived, these are lies of the enemy that will lead you down no good path. We are bombarded by ‘’live for the day’’ hedonistic propaganda. The bible is clear, there is one way to life and salvation and that is through Christ alone.
He made a way for us where there was no way. We are a fallen people born in sin from the line of Adam, but God so loved us that He gave His only Son so that we may be reconciled to Him. Let us be thankful today that we are among those who know this truth. You and I have been saved, forgiven, cleansed and set free. Death has been defeated; Christ defeated death so that each one of us could have new life and be resurrected unto eternity in the day of Christ’s coming.
Death can be a difficult conversation for many, some avoid the subject all together. For us as Christians this should not be so. We have a new day coming to us, our bodies will be made new and we will dwell in the heavenlies with Christ forever. This is not a day for being downcast, we can rejoice knowing that death does not have us bound in chains, it is but a gateway for us to enter into eternity.
Whoever believes in Him will not perish. This isn’t for the select few, but ‘whoever’ shall believe in Him will triumph over death. Hallelujah!
We can get so caught up in the things of the world, our ambitions, failings, desires and difficulties, yet these things are but momentary. Let’s take our eyes off our temporal circumstances and lift them to the things of the eternal. He is Risen!
2 Corinthians 4:18
‘’while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’’
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