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A man stood looking at a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion. As he stood there, a boy walked up and stopped to look at the picture also. The man pointed at the picture and asked, “Do you know who that is?” The boy replied, “That’s our Savior!”

The boy’s was surprised that someone wouldn’t know who Jesus is. Anxious to tell the man more, he pointed at the picture and said, “Those are the soldiers who killed him”. The man began to walk away, but noticed the boy was calling him. “Hey, Mister!” said the boy, “I wanted to tell you: He rose again! That’s right, he rose again!”

Can you imagine what your life would be like without the assurance of those last three words “He rose again”? Well, as a matter of fact we don’t have to imagine too hard. The Apostle Paul tells us: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” It is appalling how some people who claim to be Christians are willing to concede the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and at the same time think that they are not giving up too much. They delude themselves by thinking that as long as they remember Jesus, then he “lives on.”

One wonders why they even bother to follow their religion at all. If Christ is not raised, the Christian religion is a sham and a cruel hoax. Furthermore, we only can expect an eternity in hell, and every day we should be careful not to do anything that might hasten the day that we arrive there. What an awful existence it is to live with the perception that Jesus has not been raised from the dead. And yet, in spite of the fact that Christ has been raised, even Christians can do a pretty good impression of someone who doesn’t know this truth.

Martin Luther, the great church reformer, was guilty of this. When Luther was depressed for several days, his wife dressed in mourning clothes and came into his study. At seeing her Luther asked, “Who died?” His wife replied, “Jesus Christ has died and I am preparing to mourn for him.”

“But surely,” said Luther, “Jesus Christ cannot die.”

“That’s what I always believed,” replied his wife, “but when I observed how downcast and cheerless you have been, I concluded that Jesus Christ must have died.” Thanking his wife for the valuable lesson she taught him, and filled with renewed courage, Luther took a piece of chalk and wrote on his desk, “He lives!”

When the troubles and concerns of this life threaten to steal your joy, remember that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. This is your assurance that you can live every day of your life with the confidence that your sins are forgiven and eternal life is won for you.

God’s blessing on you in your daily celebration of Easter.

If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins—1 Corinthians 15:14,17 (New International Version) ASSURANCE.

The Waynedale News Staff
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