Many know the 1st Golden Rule....and it is a good one:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matt. 7:12)
As I was thinking about Good Friday (The Cross) and about Easter Sunday
(The Resurrection) I thought maybe there should be a Golden Rule about these Events.
The verse that God led me to was Philipians 3:10....
and the 2nd Golden Rule thought came to me.
"That I may know Christ and the Power of His Resurrection....
and the Fellowship of His Sufferings being conformed unto His Death".
Paul was in prison in Rome and was writing to the church at Philippi...
(which I think was his favorite church as they were so supportive of Paul's ministry)
Philippians 3:10 was the theme of Paul's life.
In this verse you have:
'Knowing Christ' is similar to the experience of the two men after the Crucifixion as they were on the Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24)
1) Their legacy was despair
2) Their future was dim
3) They were gripped by fear
4) They could see only defeat
5) They felt only dismay
Then Jesus came and made all the difference in their lives...
as they expressed in their words, "My Lord and My God".
We find similar discouragement in the Disciples after the Crucifixion: (John 21:1-19)
Vs. 1-6: 'Failure without Christ'
Vs. 7-9: 'Found by Christ'
Va. 10-14: 'Fed by Christ'
Vs. 15-17: 'Fellowship with Christ'
Vs. 18-19: 'Followed Christ' .....and He said, "Feed my sheep".
The Resurrection (presence of the Living Christ) cheers:
1) The dying hours of the saved....
2) The soul's 'sure anchor'.....
3) God still cares - a Risen Savior for a 'fallen world' (I Peter 3:18)
Let me share 'Who and What' we have in Christ because of The Cross...
and The Resurrection:
1) PRESENCE of the Living Lord
2) PROMISES - He does what He promises (John 16:7-16)
3) PURPOSE and meaning to life - We serve a Risen Savior!
4) PRAYERS are answered by a Living Christ!
5) POWER unspeakable is available....
6) PATTERN of our new bodies is assured (II Corinthians 4:16 - 5:4 and I John 3:1-3)
7) PROSPECTS of a Returning Christ (I Thess. 4:13-18)
8) PEACE is our's for the Living Christ takes care of:
The past by forgiveness...
The present by His Presence...
The future (and Eternity) by the Gift of Eternal Life.
I'd like to share a song that La Moyne used to sing, 'When Jesus Comes'.
'When Jesus Comes'
"One sat alone beside the highway begging.
His eyes were blind, the light he could not see.
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows...
Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee.
When Jesus comes, the tempter's power is broken.
When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory...
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
From home and friends the evil spirits drove him...
Among the tombs, he dwelt in misery.
He cut himself as demon powers possessed him...
Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
"Unclean, unclean!" the leper cried in torment/
The deaf, the dumb, in helplessness stood near.
The fever raged, disease had gripped its' victim...
Then Jesus came and cast out every fear.
Their hearts were sad as in the tomb they laid him...
For death had come and taken him away.
Their night was dark and bitter tears were falling...
Then Jesus came and night was turned to day.
So men today have found the Savior able...
They could not conquer passion, lust and sin.
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely...
Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself within."
Writers (1940): Oswald Smith~Homer Rodeheaver
I'd also like to share this thought-provoking poem:
"Does Christ live in your heart today...or have you sealed Him in a tomb?
Have you so hedged yourself about With other things, there is no room...
For Him to be your living Christ?
Remember resurrection Day?
When at the tomb, disciples found the stone removed...it was rolled away?
Oh, Living Christ, reveal Thyself to us...as on that Easter morn.
And those who seek to find a tomb, find there instead...their faith reborn.
Live in our hearts and give us strength...be near to us, to aid...and guide.
A living, resurrected Christ...Who was once Crucified".
The Apostle Paul said in Acts 27:25:
"It will turn out just like God said it would."
Thank you for another beautiful and thought provoking aritcle Travis. When Jesus comes He makes our lives brand new doens't He? What a different world this would be if only we loved others as ourselves. I love you both, your friend, Sharon