>I once was dead, but now I live – Do you believe this?

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Easter – Jesus Christ died and Rose again…really? What does this mean to you and me? Egg hunt? Okay funny! Seriously though what’s the significance? According to John 11:25-26: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Well, let’s begin by defining death – according to http://www.dictionary.com, Death is defined “the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism”

No kidding – okay, let’s balance things out and define Life:

Search results produced 36 definitions for life; being a simple guy, I randomly chose the first one – Life: “Being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.”

The apostle Paul made reference to this type of change in Romans 8:10 “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

Okay, your body dies – End of life; but your Spirit lives – Reproduction. That is a powerful statement of hope in death. Your body dies, but your spirit lives on because Jesus Christ reproduces His life through you. Can this be what He meant by “I am the resurrection and the life? The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die?

Let’s take it one step further. What is this reproduction of Christ’s Eternal Life? According to John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”

We Talkin’ Bout Knowledge? (Satire of Allen Iverson’s Interview on practice)

“It’s easy to talk about; it’s easy to sum it up when you just talk about knowledge. We sittin’ in here, I’m supposed to be the child of God, and we in here talkin’ about knowledge. I mean listen, we talkin bout knowledge. Not a salvation, not a salvation, not a salvation. We talkin bout knowledge. Not a salvation, not a, not a, not the salvation that I go out there and die for, and pray every salvation like it’s my last. Not the salvation. We talkin’ bout knowledge, man. I mean how silly is that? We talkin’ bout knowledge. I know I’m supposed to be there, I know I’m supposed to lead by example. I know that, and I’m not shovin’ it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do. But we talkin’ bout knowledge, man. What are we talkin’ bout? Knowledge? We talkin’ bout knowledge man. We talk… We talkin’ bout knowledge. We talkin’ bout knowledge. We ain’t talkin’ bout the salvation, we talkin’ bout knowledge, man. When you come into the sanctuary, and you see me pray, you see me pray, don’t you? You see me give everything I got, right? But we talkin’ bout knowledge right now. We talkin’ bout knowledge. Man look, I hear you, it’s funny to me too. I mean, it’s strange; it’s strange to me too. But we talkin’ bout knowledge man. We not even talkin’ bout the salvation, the actual salvation, when it matters. We talkin’ bout knowledge.”

On a serious note, why am I spending hours writing this blog instead of being out there advising clients, selling insurance, investments or registered education saving plans. I’ve got bills to pay you know…

Here is the bottom line. To know him and make him Known: “My people perish from a lack of knowledge” Hosea 4: 6 The apostle Paul expressed this in Philippians 3:10-11″That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead”

I know Jesus Christ. Yes, I met Him and he changed my life. He is the reason: I have an education, a family; natural and spiritual, a house, a business, a Life.

Not very long ago, I was dead. Truly, just like the dictionary described. Everything in me ceased to exist. I felt nothing; I went through life like a zombie. I followed people, latest trends, music, movies, whatever was worth following, I followed…just like the chaff, tossed to and fro by the wind; on and on I went until I met Jesus Christ.

He called me out and embraced me. Instantly he showed me love that I had never experienced before. He made my life a light by making me a leader. I ceased following blindly. He showed me a vision and made it clear. He led me on a path. He knew I would need support so he planted me in a body of believers and instantly gave me a new family; a spiritual family. He reproduced and gave me the power to adapt to any environment through changes originating internally – Changes originating from His Spirit within me.

This knowledge I have of Jesus Christ does not allow me to sit back quietly when others give credit to an Easter bunny! a Rabbit! for the reason for my, our celebration of Life. His Spirit within me won’t let me stay quiet when people make this season about chocolates. No, this knowledge brings me life and has far more significance that an Easter Egg Hunt.

Jesus Christ truly is the light of this world. The one who believes in him will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in him will never die. That is the hope of eternity. “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”. Philippians 3:8

Folks find a friend who has knowledge of Jesus Christ and talk to him/her; better yet visit a local church this Easter weekend and be honest with you… See if you too may receive this precious knowledge that produces Eternal Life. Your life depends on it.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Hebrews 2:14-15

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