Andy Stanley writes, "it wasn't the teachings of Jesus that sent his followers to the streets. It was his resurrection. "
And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.
As Easter approaches it is the same for you and me. It is the hope of the Resurrection that transforms our lives.
My own faith grew this past week, as we affirmed the Resurrection of Jesus together. Particularly as we sang the last two verses of "In Christ Alone."
"There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand."
Our Hope is in the Risen Christ!!!