Wanted; Dead or Alive


Weekly encouraging messages from our Pastor Ray…..enjoy and be uplifted.

Wanted Dead or Alive?

We’ve heard it said that Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, but I wonder if we have really applied deep thought into what actually took place on the Cross at Calvary. Normally when thinking about Jesus’s death, we are inclined to focus on His physical death, the pain suffered, how His body was disfigured and how much it was damaged. Now I certainly don’t wish to take anything away from the seriousness of His physical death, it must have been horrendous to say the least, but is His physical death what the Lord wants us to focus on?

The scriptures tell us that through His death, Jesus paid the price for our sin. Provided we are truly sorry, we receive absolute forgiveness for all our wrong doings, past, present and future. It also says that He took away our sinful nature, the nature that draws us to sin. Not only did Jesus take care of our sin and the nature that drives us to sin, but He also gave us a new resurrected body. Thus, each one who accepts the gift of salvation has been completely restored into Christ Jesus, just as our forefathers, Adam and Eve were originally created. This is the focus of His death – a resurrected life for you and I.

By accepting the resurrected life that Jesus gave us, we are able to overcome sin. How is it possible that we can overcome the temptation of sin? Because the resurrected nature is the very character of God living in us! This new nature does not desire to sin – it is no longer a slave to sin! This is God’s power.

Look at what Jesus says in the book of John, “I am the resurrection and the life…” – Jesus says that He is this power – He is the resurrection and therefore He is also the Life that follows!

The resurrected life will never die. Look at these two scenario’s:

  1. When we Die

As we accept the gift of Salvation, we will inherit the resurrect life. When we pass from this earth, we will live forever. Jesus said to Martha in the Book of John:

he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,” (John 11:25).

  • While we are Alive

While we are on this earth, and accept the gift of Salvation, we inherit the resurrected life here and now, and we will be spiritually alive on this earth as well as when we pass from this earth.

Jesus said, “and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.

Jesus is asking you and I today: “Do you believe this?”

The Lord really desires to have us in His Kingdom – Dead or Alive!

Paul tells us in the book of Galatians, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The resurrected life is giving us life in abundance here on earth and …. an inheritance which is, “imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,”!!

We really do have the best of both worlds as we walk in Christ daily. It’s no wonder that Paul says, “…But if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know.  I am torn between the two. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed. But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body…

I thank the Lord that He’s given you and I this time together. May He richly bless you this coming week. Until next time…

From: “…time with the Master…”

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