In the background as I write I’m listening over and over to Molly Skaggs singing; “Ain’t No Grave!” Wow!!! She’s singing with Bethel Music Band and crashing the ceiling with it and I can’t get it out of my mind or heart. I believe I did crash out of my grave! I can’t say at what point that happened but I know it did. There are some interesting aspects to a grave.
Let’s see, in Dictionary.com the definition is:
Any place of interment, a tomb or sepulcher, any place that becomes a receptacle of what is dead, lost or past; in the Cambridge English Dictionary, under the ground and marked with a stone….interesting! It can even be a cave or a ditch.
Ok, kind of morbid; and yes, if I was to stay buried but spiritually speaking one cannot–only the body, not ones spirit or soul. Anyway, this isn’t meant to be morbid because I am not only thinking about “my” resurrection but
This is exciting because if He had not risen neither would I be….risen; spiritually speaking. But what does the Word say?
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 & 26)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (I Peter 1:3)
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Rom. 6:5 & 6)…
Oh, I just love this!!! This is so real to me; it is no longer a concept, and idea or just sitting in my mind, it has through God’s grace become my reality!!! My Pastor nailed it yesterday in our worship service! He really was speaking of resurrection life. Oh what a glorious Truth!!! And Jesus did also say; “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life!“didn’t He? Is He? Absolutely!!! Whoo hooo!!!! and I went to church rejoicing in this before I even got there and just now put it together; whoa!!! I love it when He does this to me!!! Singing “Ain’t No Grave!” No! There ain’t no grave……gonna hold me down! No interment, no tomb, no receptacle, no cave and no ditch; nothing that marks my past with a stone! I rest on the Living Rock of Ages and nothing or nobody can stuff me back into that grave!!! Hallelujah to the Risen Christ!!!!! If I could fly right now I would be flying around my room!!!! What else did He say?
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (I Cor. 15:3 & 4)
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. (Phil.3:10) …..I think that this is what I am understanding right now more than ever before, this power, this reality of a resurrected life that He bought and paid for; forever!!!!!! Oh how wonderful and the Apostle Paul said it is an “unspeakable gift” and it sure is! Well, I’m just getting so excited by the minute that I can hardly sit still!
Oh I wish you were sitting in front of me my fellow travelers; this is just capturing my heart like no other year that I have been alive on this planet! It’s almost like seeing it for the first time if I can put it that way; I look forward to saying; “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” this Easter!!! It is my favorite celebration really, it always has been even when I was little.
My invitation to you…..come to Jesus!!! The RISEN KING! His arms are open wide for you to receive Him! Know that He died for your sins so you can turn away from them and receive Him as your Savior; make Him your Lord and He will give you eternal life with Him forever! To my fellow travelers who do know Him; get a little closer….closer…..and closer…..feel His heart BEAT for you and REST in His finished work on the cross and in His resurrection life! One more happy picture!!!
And let all those who seek Him, rejoice in Him!!!!!!!!!!
And check out Pastor Ashley Evans message 2-17-19 in the morning Influencer’s Church in Gwinnett and our Influencer’s Band’s new song; “Just The Cross” making its debut 2-22-19…..this all ties together in a beautiful way!