>“If Jesus had not been raised, none of the following things, listed in order of their appearance in Acts, would have been possible:
In summary, because of his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has brought God close to us.”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1433507161&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
— Adrian Warnock
>On Good Friday I posted Keith Green; this Easter morning it’s time for Don Francisco who, thankfully, remains alive and still ministering. Francisco is a writer of ballads…songs that are word pictures of truth.
This video features a full-orchestra/choir that comes in towards the end. It will, well, pump-you-up!
Now for another version..this by Dolly Parton. I’ve, of course, no idea where she is in relation to the Lord Jesus, but she sang truth at the 1989 Country Music Association awards:
>“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen— nothing else matters.”
—Among the last words of Jaroslav Pelikan (1923-2006)
“The resurrection validated that Jesus was himself sinless and that he died for our sins, just as he said. Acts 2:24 says, ‘God raised [Jesus] up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.’ Why did the justice of God make it impossible for Jesus to stay dead? It was impossible for Jesus to stay dead because he had lived a perfectly righteous life and therefore death, as God’s just punishment for sin, had not crime against God to pin itself to. On the streets of Boston, the kids salute the law of justice by saying, ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.’ In the case of Jesus, the voice of justice says, ‘He can’t do the time, ’cause he did no crime.’”
– John Ensor, “The Great Work of the Gospel”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1581347731&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
>“The resurrection . . . sharply defines what it must mean to have faith in Christ. Because Christ has been raised from the dead, we are not putting our faith in merely a historical event but in a living, death conquering, and reigning Savior. Our faith is based on something in the past, but it is placed in One who is very much alive today. Notice how the apostle Paul speaks of faith in terms of a living Christ: ‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20). Paul is living by faith in the living Christ. And he prays that this would be our normative Christian experience: ‘that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith’ (Ephesians 3:16-17).”
– John Ensor