Then Your Story Begins

“It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”

Romans 8:11 (MSG)

 

In freely giving the life of his only son, God allowed sin and death to believe they had won. For a brief moment, evil reigned as king.

Then, on the third day, the story changed—your story changed—when the power of sin and death fell to its knees before the true king, Jesus.

Your past has been rewritten by redemption, your future transformed by grace. Your story is no longer a story of measuring up, a story of falling short, a story of worthlessness. No. The power that defeated death, that raised Jesus from the dead, is available to you—and to all who believe this truth.

Because of these three days, eternity was impacted forever.


Who is Jesus?

Generation upon generation of believer, seeker, skeptic, and cynic alike have asked this very same question.

In short, there is no short answer.

If history is to be believed, Jesus was no more than a most peculiar Jewish rabbi who gained a passionate following in first-century Palestine. If history is to be believed, Jesus was a man who lived and died – as any man who came before, and as every man who would come after.

Though, if the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was far more than a man; Jesus was infinitely more than a rabbi. Jesus was Christ; Jesus was Immanuel, “God with us.” If the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was the very embodiment of love, generosity, grace, justice, and mercy. If the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was the Son of Man who lived, died, and rose again—for His glory, our good, and for the sake of the world.

Who is Jesus? Well just ask those who feared Him most:

To the arrogant, He was schemer. To the prideful, He was blasphemer. To the wicked, He was revealer. 

Who is Jesus? Well just ask those who knew Him best:

To the disciples, He was teacher. To the sick, He was healer. To the weary, He was comforter. To the oppressed, he was liberator. To the overlooked, he was noticer. To those who received his message of love, he was friend. To the lost, He was redeemer.

And to all of the above, to each and every last sinner – He was, is, and forever will be Savior.

Savior from the shame of your past.

Savior from the perils of your present.

Savior from the uncertainty of your future.

Who is Jesus? We promise that He has been waiting your whole life for you to ask Him yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Since the beginning

15 “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.

17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.

18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.
    So he is first in everything.

19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,

20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”

Colossians 1:15-23

 

 

 

THE WHOLE STORY

Life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as seen in an eternity-changing three day time span.
Click on the red text for scripture references. 

 

 

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