It had been many years since theÂ apostle John shared a fish breakfast,Â on the shores of Galilee, with JesusÂ Christ. He had seen the Lord on severalÂ occasions after His resurrection. Now, inÂ the twilight of his life, banished by theÂ Roman Emperor to the island of Patmos,Â John receives another view of the livingÂ Christ. Jesus said, â€œBehold, I am alive forÂ evermoreâ€ (Revelation 1:18).
These five words capture theÂ uniqueness of Christianity and the gospelÂ message. The world is full of differentÂ religions. Some have billions of followersÂ while others have only a few devotees, butÂ at their core all of them are about whatÂ man can do to gain Godâ€™s favor. They areÂ based on the writings of men long dead.Â Christianity is about what God has doneÂ for us through the death and resurrectionÂ of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity isÂ based on a living Savior.
The words, â€œI am alive for evermoreâ€Â should startle and amaze us. ResurrectionÂ is not normal in human affairs. AllÂ humanity is under a death sentence.Â Graveyards abound in every city. Death,Â which is the result of sin, is all around us.Â The Bible makes clear that â€œthe wages ofÂ sin is deathâ€ (Romans 6:23). â€œDeath passedÂ upon all men, for all have sinnedâ€ (RomansÂ 5:12) and death is the future of every manÂ and woman born into our world.
It is amazing that this resurrectedÂ Man who John saw was Godâ€™s Son, JesusÂ Christ. The Lord Jesus is the source ofÂ all life and the Creator and Sustainer ofÂ the universe. As the Son of God, He isÂ perfectly righteous. Death had no claimÂ on Him because He never sinned. Yet,Â the Son of God voluntarily died andÂ suffered the wrath of God for our sins.Â â€œHe appeared to put away sin by the sacrificeÂ of Himself â€ (Hebrews 9:26).Â Christ died so that your sins couldÂ be forgiven. â€œHe was buried, andâ€¦
He rose again the third day according toÂ the Scripturesâ€ (1 Corinthians 15:4).Â By raising the Lord Jesus, God wasÂ declaring His acceptance of the deathÂ of Christ on our behalf. The work ofÂ salvation is finished. The Savior hasÂ conquered death and lives again!Â Christ is alive â€œ for evermore.â€ TheÂ death of Jesus Christ provided eternalÂ redemption, and will never becomeÂ obsolete, lose its effectiveness, or fail toÂ satisfy Godâ€™s righteousness.
Christianity is about a relationshipÂ with a living Saviour. John was calledÂ upon to â€˜beholdâ€™ this risen Man. YouÂ must also respond to Him. HisÂ resurrection guarantees that you willÂ meet Him â€“ either as Judge or Savior.Â Put your trust in Him and your sins willÂ be forgiven.
Share this Post