The amazing story about the resuscitation of a dying man in an Easter worship service (see Alaska Church Sees ‘Resurrection’ on Easter) could be an illustration of the Easter resurrection itself except that the restored man–like Lazarus of old–will ultimately die someday. That is different from Christ’s resurrection; He rose from the dead never to die again.
Why did He do that? The Bible is clear. He did it to pay the penalty for every individual’s sin. His resurrection is proof that the sin penalty has been paid, and God is satisfied. But how does that affect you personally?
According to the Bible, each of us must believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, and we must also confess Him as Lord. That means we have to acknowledge that we are sinners and accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior. It’s all by faith, “for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness” (Romans 10:9-10).
Do that today, using words something like these: Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sin. I confess that I’m a sinner, and I ask you to become my Savior. Please take away my sin and give me the gift of eternal life as you have promised. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you need help understanding this marvelous truth, talk to someone at the church that provided this paper for you, or contact BMH at (574) 268-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.