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To Know Christ

Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know Him in a personal way? I don’t mean to know things about Him. Do you REALLY know Him? The apostle Paul wanted to know Jesus and he wrote:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

To know Jesus is to know more than facts and figures about Him. It means to participate in the life of Christ. It means to know and experience the power that raised Him from the grave. It means to experience His suffering and death. It means to become like Him in the way that you love God and in the way that you love, serve and forgive people. It is a relationship based on His grace that will never end. Knowing Jesus is more than just a trivial pursuit. It is the pursuit of an eternal relationship with your Savior and Lord.

The Same Spirit

God’s promises are truly wonderful. He has promised to provide for us and take care of us. He has promised to never leave us or abandon us. He has promised to forgive our many sins. But wait! There’s more! He has also promised resurrection. Paul wrote:​​

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:11 (NIV)

God’s Spirit lives in the heart of every born again believer in Jesus Christ. This is the same Spirit of the God who raised Jesus back to life. We have such power and potential at our disposal, but we hardly ever tap into this power. God’s Spirit can help us overcome sin and temptation. God’s Spirit can help us live abundant, fulfilled lives. God’s Spirit can comfort us when we are grieving. God’s Spirit can give us hope for the future. This is the Spirit of Him who makes all things new, all things possible and every promise, “Yes.”

Jesus Is Resurrection And Life

The Easter 2018 message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 11:25-26.


Things Worth Remembering

Peter, as he wrote his second letter, had been made aware by the Lord that his time was running short. Peter would soon lose his life as a martyr. Before he would die, though, he wanted to remind those to whom he was writing of the important matters of the Gospel. He wrote:

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. – 2 Peter 1:13-15 (NIV)

There are things that we have to remember and there are things worth remembering. The most important thing worth remembering is that Jesus loves us and He died for us and He rose again. These three facts can just about get us through anything we face. Whether it is persecution or pain, heartache or disease, loss of loved ones or loss of a job, these three facts are worth remembering. The love, death and resurrection of Jesus can change lives and give us hope and peace that just can’t be explained. So cling to these things because they are worth remembering.

Saved By Christ’s Resurrection

Peter said in the first part of verse 21 in chapter 3 that we are saved when we get baptized. Baptism is the moment when God forgives our sins by grace through faith in Jesus. The water doesn’t save us. Peter says that we are saved by the resurrection of Jesus. He writes:

It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:21b-22 (NIV)

Jesus Christ was really dead when He was crucified by the Romans. God the Father raised Him back to life on the 3rd day by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then appeared to hundreds of people and then ascended into Heaven where He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. Everything is in submission to Him. Until the day that He returns, His followers must share the message of His love with all who will listen so that they might believe, repent, confess and be baptized and live a faithful life.

Jesus Was Raised

Good Monday morning to you! In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter wrote that it was God’s will that His Son, Jesus, die so that the sins of humanity could be forgiven. Jesus didn’t stay dead, though. He was raised back to life by the Spirit of God. Peter then writes:

After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all,were saved through water​…​ – 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NIV)

Martin Luther said that this is a very strange and difficult passage to understand. There are various interpretations as to what Peter meant. It raises many questions and offers little insight. Rather than focus on who these imprisoned spirits were or what Jesus preached to them, I want to focus on the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead. No other religious leader can claim that. Because Jesus is alive, we now have the hope of resurrection, too.

God’s Will To Suffer?

This is going to sound strange, but have you ever thought that suffering could be part of God’s will for your life? Peter did. In fact, he points to Jesus as an example. He writes:

For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)

God would rather you suffer persecution because you’re doing the right things instead of doing the wrong things. Jesus suffered through the cross because He did the right things. He lived a holy and righteous life and His own people killed Him for it. They put Him to death on a cross, but God had the final say. God raised Him back to life on the 3rd day just as He said He would. It was God’s will for this to happen because all of humanity could be saved through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Do the right things, even if it brings persecution knowing that God’s will is best.

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