The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2013

He is not here, but is risen!

Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — “Because of the blood of Jesus, God forgives my sins and cleanses me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).”

When Jesus took the communion cup in the upper room, He said, “Take this cup and drink it. This is the new covenant in My blood, ratified for you.”

Friends, the blood guarantees every word in the written Word of God is a blood-sworn oath. It’s an anchor to your soul. Every drop of Jesus’ blood shed from the cross that fateful day obliterated your sin. Surely He has borne our griefs, our sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses. He carried our sorrows and pains, was oppressed and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He never said a word. WOW! It is finished! It was finished at the cross. Read it for yourself in Isaiah chapter 53 and Luke chapters 24-25.

Friends, when you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, that blood-sworn oath becomes an inner strength on the inside of you.

God becomes your Father, and Jesus is your blood brother. Everything that’s His is yours, and everything that’s yours is His. The Bible becomes a copy of the covenant between you and God, and it’s sworn in the very blood Jesus shed on that cross.

When you become a believer, the blood of Jesus does not cover up your sins, it completely redeems you. Your sins are no more. His blood washes you clean. Friends, Jesus paid a heavy price for your sin and all you have to do is open your heart and believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” It’s that simple!

On the third day, very early in the morning, the women along with the man named Joseph, who had asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, returned to the tomb bringing the spices, which they had prepared.

 But they found the stone rolled away and when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

In their anguish and confusion, the Bible says they were greatly perplexed, when two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen (Luke 24:1-6)!”

Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for you and me. He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. “He has given us the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him or knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you (John 14:16).”

This, my friend, is why we celebrate Easter. It truly is Resurrection Day on so many levels.

The written word of the Living God is the resurrection. If you get it in your life, it will raise up anything that looks dead.

Put the word of God into whatever you are going through ... and it will live! That quote I borrowed from Bill Winston Ministries. So very true!

I wish you a very blessed Easter. “May the Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).”

Keep the faith and celebrate and worship somewhere today. If you don’t know Him, today is the day of salvation … today could change your life, for He loves you, oh so much.



Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.