The women had brought spices, expecting to find Jesus' body wrapped in burial garments, lying in the tomb. "He is not here — He has risen!" said the angel. Matthew 28:6
Too many Christians look
yet for their Christ, among the dead.
They do not get beyond the cross and the grave.
They see Christ, as only the Lamb of God who takes away
sin. They think of Him as accomplishing in His sufferings and
death, the whole of His work of human redemption.
think of a living Christ who intercedes for
them in Heaven, and who walks with them on earth in
The cross must never be forgotten! In a certain very
sense Christ saved His people by giving Himself for them.
was the fullest, most complete revealing of divine love, which earth
ever seen! There the heart of God broke that its streams of
flow out to give life to the perishing world.
To leave a dying
out of our creed is to leave out salvation.
of the nails are the proof-marks on all doctrine, on all
on all Christian life.
He who dims the luster of the cross of
putting out the light of Christian hope, by which alone
souls can be lighted homeward.
We must never forget that Jesus died...died for us!
But if our faith stops
misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ.
not merely need a Savior who nineteen hundred years ago went to
to redeem us but one who also is alive to walk by
side in loving companionship.
We need a Savior who can now hear our prayers.
We need a Savior to whose feet we can now
creep in penitence, when we
We need a Savior to whom we can now
call for help, when the
is going against us.
We need a Savior who is now
interested in all of the
affairs of our common
life, and who can assist us in time of need.
We need a Savior who can now
be our real Friend...loving
us, keeping close
beside us always.
We not only need a Savior who saved us by one great act wrought
centuries ago but one who continually saves us by His
heart throbbing with love today, walking ever by our side.
Nothing less than
a living Christ will do for us! That
the gospel brings to us. It tells us of Him who lives.
He was dead — the
nail-prints are in His hands — but He is now alive forevermore!
risen! He loves us now, today, always. He is ever with us!
It is only as we realize the truth of
a living Christ that
hearts are satisfied. We crave a personal friendship which will
into our life with its sympathies, its inspirations, its
its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living
Christ is to
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
~J. R. Miller~