Why It Matters That Jesus Rose

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There will be no Easter baskets or chocolate bunnies this year. There will be no eggs or new dresses. These things are not wrong. We've done them many years in the past and I am sure we will do them again. But not this year. This year, I just can't. I can't focus on nougat filled candy and frilly clothes. All I seem to be able to focus on is the cross. ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-4 This isn't because I am good our holy. In fact, it's the exact opposite. I am not good. I am not holy. I do not measure up. I am not enough. And that is the beauty of the scandalous cross.  ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-11 I am a sinner and therefore separated from a holy God. But because He loves me, He bore His own wrath through His own body. He defeated death. He defeated my death. He defeated yours. We are not righteous. But He has credited our faith as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-9 copy The enemy is doomed, though he rages. He knows his time is short. His defeat is past, present, and future. He can no longer accuse us before God. Imagine, Satan trying to accuse God that He Himself is sinful! It is no longer I who lives but it is Christ who lives in me.  ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-16 And Christ is righteous. I am not. He is. But because He is, I am. And the life I live in the flesh I live by faith.  And He has credited my faith as righteousness.

Satan has been cast out of heaven. He has no standing before God whatsoever. He cannot bring accusations against the brothers anymore, "for the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down" (Revelation 12:10b). Satan, though doubtless he has been operating on the earth since the beginning of the creation, is now restricted to the earth and has lost his access to God that had enabled him to accuse us before God so directly. Scandalous, D.A. Carson

And so today, on Easter Sunday, I celebrate. I can no longer be [eternally] caught in Satan's web of deceit and accusation. ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-21

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching [the gospel] is in vain and your faith is in vain. — 1 Corinthians 15:14

I celebrate the cross. I celebrate the crown of thorns. I celebrate the pierced hands. I celebrate the blood that was shed so that God might pass over and forgo the the loss of life. ©janetphillips_march30_2017_web-19  

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