“He was raised to life to make us right with God.” Ro 4:25 NLT
The Great Houdini promised he’d come back from the dead and talk to his friends. Some actually consulted mediums to see if there was any word from beyond the grave. But there wasn’t! Only one man who promised to rise from the dead, kept his promise. Jesus! And He did it “to make us right with God.” Business transactions in Bible days were relatively uncomplicated. Once the seller laid down a price and the buyer picked it up, the deal was done. On Good Friday Jesus laid down the price, on Easter Sunday God picked it up, and your salvation was paid for. But the greatest proof of the resurrection is found in the transformed lives of people all over the world. The songwriter A. H. Ackley put it like this: “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!” In one of His final appearances recorded in the book of Revelation, Jesus announced: “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore…Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (Rev 1:18; Jn 11:26). Today Christ stands knocking at the door of your heart, saying, “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in” (Rev 3:20). Unless you know Christ personally as your Savior, you’re without hope in this world and the one to come. The resurrection of Christ is your only hope. Without that you have nothing to look forward to but a hole in the ground. So today repent of your sins and place your trust in the One who died and rose again for you.