Resurrection

By Gordon Lindsay

This is very likely the last article written by Gordon Lindsay before the Lord called him home in April 1973, first published in the April 1974 issue of Christ For The Nations magazine.

“‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

Over 4,000 years ago, Job asked the question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). Fortunately, he was able to find the answer, as in Job 19:25-27 he says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the Earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity dares to offer the hope of resurrection.

AT THE EMPTY TOMB

Not long ago, I stood at the empty tomb in Jerusalem. I have never gone there without a feeling of deep emotion, realizing that death that had been defeated. Over the world there are billions of graves, marking the universality of death, but this tomb is empty! Only one Man was able to meet death and make it bow, cause it to flee in terror!

Yet for a short time, death claimed victory even there. Up above that tomb, less than a hundred yards   away, stands Mount Calvary. Jesus took the place of a man and hung on a rugged cross between Earth and Heaven. In my mind, I can envision the events that took place there.

I see Him in His agony while the women and His frightened mother Mary look on, shaken with grief and sorrow. I hear Him say to the thief crucified beside Him, who asked the Lord to remember him in His kingdom, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” I hear Him say, “It is finished,” completing the plan of salvation.

I see the body of Christ taken from the cross, wrapped in grave clothes and placed in the cold tomb. Soon a great stone is rolled against the tomb, and soldiers who were appointed to watch over it file into the garden. The disciples are bewildered and discouraged. They are now hiding for their lives, fearful that the Sanhedrin will perhaps give them treatment as Jesus received.

THE RESURRECTION

All is still at the tomb as the hours pass. But God’s clock is ticking away. One day, two days, three. In the dead of night, Heaven’s clock suddenly strikes the hour! The lighting of God flashes! An angel comes from heaven, rolls back the stone and sits upon it! Those guarding the tomb witness the quaking and fall to the ground as dead. Recovering, they rise to their feet and flee from that place. The tomb is now empty. The grave clothes lie there as if the person they had enfolded evaporated through them.

Soon, as the day begins to break, the women are drawing near the tomb to complete the act of preparing the body for its long residence. They are conversing one with another in subdued tones, “Who will roll away the stone from the tomb?” As it comes into view, the women simultaneously utter a cry of surprise. “The stone is rolled away!” Then they perceive an angelic being sitting on the stone, who informs them, “He is not here, for He is risen. Come see the place where the Lord lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples…”

Upon hearing the astounding news, Peter and John rush to the garden to see what has happened. John, who is faster than Peter, arrives first, sees the open tomb, but does not enter. Peter, lumbering on behind, reaches the tomb, but does not pause in his stride until he is inside. They both find the tomb empty.

When the other disciples hear about what has happened, they dare not believe the report, fearing they will be disappointed once more. Meanwhile, the Lord appears to Peter, who remembers too well how he denied his Master. We can only imagine the tears and the heartbroken confession he must make as he falls at the Master’s feet. Gently, the Lord has him stand to his feet as He reassures His penitent disciple.

That night Jesus appears to all the disciples, except for Thomas, who is absent. Then He appears several times at different places. And finally, on the last day, He leads them out to Mount Olivet and gives them the Great Commission as found in Mark 16:15-18: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The world evangelism that followed that command can only be explained by that one word – RESURRECTION! The apostles have seen Him dead and buried, but now they see Him alive again! Under the inspiration of this great event, they go everywhere, preaching the Word and making disciples.

Today, we too have heard this glorious message. Once again, the cry of Pilate, who gave Christ over to crucifixion, goes forth to every person living on the earth: “What then will you do with Jesus which is called the Christ?” To accept Him means to receive life. He says, “Because I live, you shall live also.” May God grant that everyone who reads these words be ready to meet Him when we see Him face to face on the coming day of the Great Resurrection.

 

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My Family’s Resurrection

By Trina Titus Lozano

On March 31, 2002, I was in church celebrating Easter, or as my dad trained me to say … Resurrection Day. My husband and our four children, two girls and two boys, were all there together. Our daughter, Brooke, a senior in High School, was singing with the worship team and our son Brandon, a sophomore, was on the drums. The usual 20 minutes of music played, and as I worshipped, my mind kept wandering to my childhood Resurrection Day memories of my parents, Larry and Devi Titus. My dad would preach, and my mom would play the organ, wearing a fashionable hat for the special occasion. As we took communion, I had another flashback to that time when I was in the second grade—I prayed and invited Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I loved being a Christian.

One day after Easter, this particular year, was April Fool’s Day, and on this day, my life changed forever. My husband told me he had filed for a divorce—which was no April Fool’s joke! The papers were to be served in 3 days. In fact, I was served papers, and he moved out into the apartment he’d already prepared for himself. The devastation that happened in my heart that day is indescribable, but now, fifteen years later, that day reminds me of the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ.

Although my husband had the same name, he fully repented and became a new man. After being gone for only a few months, he took the risk to cancel the divorce and move home to an angry and devastated wife. I took the risk to welcome him home, and WE took the risk to trust God way beyond our comfort zone. Individually, and together, we have both discovered and experienced the reality of what forgiveness tastes like and what God can do with a dead-end, no-win situation. We discovered what it means to abandon the outcome and trust God completely, to obey Him and to live out what we sang about in church each Sunday. We now know what life after death feels like because we experience it every day.

We believe in the power of Love, real Agape Love. Love that never fails. Love that believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love that has the power to make the dead rise up and live again. God’s Holy Bible became alive to us and Romans 8:11 promised that the same Spirit, Who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us, and He would give our marriage new life. We tested our theology, and it’s real. God is real.

This “Unintended Journey” caused us to relocate our family to Dallas. Shortly after moving here we attended a Tuesday Night Experience and felt the love of God at CFNI. Our daughter, Brittany, became a student in 2007, and I was working in the attendance office when I was asked to teach a women’s elective course using my mom’s book, THE HOME EXPERIENCE, as our text book. Since 2010, I’ve worked full time as a marriage and family counselor and was ordained to preach in 2012. Currently, I’m working for Kingdom Global Ministries, teaching HOME EXPERIENCE intensives monthly with my mom, Devi Titus, and counseling weekly.

The year I was born, in 1965, my grandpa was ordained through CFN Fellowship of Ministers and Churches to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am so grateful to carry on the legacy of ministry with my husband’s support and covering.

Resurrection Day is just around the corner, and now, five generations will celebrate together. After church, we will hide and hunt eggs with our kids, their spouses and our ten grandchildren; then we will sit down to eat brunch with my grandma and my parents, join hands to pray and give thanks. While we eat, we’ll talk about what life after death really means to us and why our family believes in miracles.

God did a miracle for us, and He can do it for you, too. Just believe in the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ and believe in the Power of Agape LOVE, and you will experience the miracle of LIFE.

Have a Happy Resurrection Day 2017!

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