April 1st, 2019

There is a song that used to be popular among quartets several years ago entitled "I'll Have a New Body." The lyrics of one of the verses are, "On that resurrection morning when all the dead in Christ shall rise, I'll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I'll have a new life." This song was written by Luther Presley (who also wrote "O When the Saints Go Marching In") and recorded by Hank Williams, Sr., among many others. It has a wonderful message of hope and assurance - those of us who have trusted the Lord know for certain that when we die, we will rise again."

This certainty is based on what Christ has done for us. Christ died and rose again to provide this assurance for us. I Corinthians 15:50-52 tells us, "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

As we celebrate this Easter season, we need to remember what Christ has done for us. His death and resurrection provides for us hope in the face of our own mortality. We need to remember what Christ is doing for us now. Christ didn't stop with what he did for us while he was on the earth, he continues to work for us. For the believer, He continues to be our mediator. Hebrews 9:15 says, "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance - now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." And we know that someday he will return to bring us to live with him. At that time, we will be able to sing "I'll Have a New Body" and really mean it. You'll have a new body, and there won't be any surgery bill involved! Christ has paid the price!

As you celebrate the Resurrection this year, give thanks for what you have because Christ was willing to pay so much.

Pastor Steve Willis