Friday, April 22, 2011

You Can’t Hold Me Down!

You Can’t Hold Me Down!
“But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.” Acts 2:24 New Living Translation
On the day of Pentecost, marking the fiftieth day after Christ’s resurrection, there was a red-hot preacher in town that began to minister with great boldness under the power of God! I imagine he even shocked himself. His name was Peter, and 3,000 souls were saved in one day after his sermon! This was the same man who denied his closest friend Jesus at his time of greatest need.
Peter wasn’t the only disciple that abandoned Jesus before he was crucified – most-all His disciples scattered. And worst yet, one of his disciples, Judas, betrayed him to those who would commission his crucifixion.
To those who’ve experienced it, there are not many feelings worse than betrayal. Despite the betrayal Jesus endured, according to Acts 2:23, it was all a part of God’s preordained and prearranged plan. There was a greater purpose Jesus had to fulfill. By taking our sins and being crucified in our place, Jesus was exposed to man’s fiercest enemy – death! Man feared death. While we grieve over the sting of betrayal, imagine the sting of death. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56 ESV). Since we all have sinned (Romans 3:23), we all are worthy of death (Romans 6:23). We all would be doomed to live an eternity separated from God.
But Jesus arose on Easter morning shaking off the power of death! According to Acts 2:24 it was impossible for Jesus to be held by death (ESV)! “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). Jesus Christ our Savior “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). He is arisen indeed! I get excited just typing these words! He is the Living One and is alive forevermore, and has the keys of Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).
If Jesus took on your fiercest opponent – and won – what do you believe that He’s already done for you concerning sickness? Hurt? Poverty? These opponents desire to take advantage of a perceived vulnerability and bring you down. But God sees and knows all, and has already made provision for your deliverance. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Your enemies can’t hold you down… you already have victory through Christ!
Send this message to a Friend, and go take charge of the weekend!
Good Friday Service - Friday, April 22 @ 7PM
Easter Sunday Services - Sunday, April 24 @ 8:30AM & 11:30AM

All services will be held at the J.C. Williams Community Center
116 Florence Street
Springfield, MA

Be Blessed,
Katishia Gallishaw
Revival Time Internet Ministries

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