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Discover the Book - Dec. 4, 2007

  • 2007 Dec 04

Know That Christ Is Alive


[John] bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, and to all things that he saw.

                                                                  Revelation 1:2, emphasis added



John saw Jesus on Patmos—alive and powerful. When Jesus stepped from the tomb on Resurrection morning, God unleashed the greatest power of all. And that is what Jesus Christ is like TODAY!


Often we fail to understand the magnitude of what really happened that morning. After His Resurrection, something had wondrously changed: Jesus no longer limited himself to one location. He had been limited for thirty-three years to being in only one place at a time. Jesus had humbled himself, emptied himself, and limited himself to being localized. But now He was accessible anywhere, anytime, and to anyone! His power was then available everywhere, and all the time! That is absolutely amazing!


Even in His condition of being localized, Jesus accomplished more than any human ever has or will. He grew up perfectly, mastered God’s Word perfectly, and related to His family, friends, and neighbors perfectly for thirty years. Christ’s very presence made sure that death fled, disease faded, despair melted. Broken bodies were mended, ruined lives were repaired, sightless eyes were restored, deaf ears were filled with sound, and hungering lives were satisfied. Jesus did all that while being in one place at a time.


Christ is alive! After the Resurrection, because Jesus was no longer trapped by time and space, He seemed to be everywhere at once. For the next forty days, the New Testament records Jesus crisscrossing the tiny land of Israel from north to south. He met with the grieving women at the tomb, calmed the frightened disciples (inside the locked room without opening the door), confronted and restored Peter, assured a doubtful, trembling Thomas, and visited with the five hundred others who had believed on Him.


Christ is available anywhere, anytime, and to anyone today! Any sin can be forgiven; any doubt can be overcome; any sadness can be comforted; any disappointment can be stopped; any fearfulness can be arrested; any loneliness can be ended; and any defilement can be cleansed. He is only a prayer away—so call upon Him!


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