“And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other." (Matthew 24:31)

Death conquered?!

By Paul Bawden

“Impossible!” “How can you know?” “It can only be a spiritual happening, if it occurred.” “Yes!” Are some of the responses.

In spite of the responses, credible eyewitnesses tell us that the God-man, who was crucified and buried, has come forth from the grave bodily.

What does that mean for you and me? Jesus Christ is truly the One within the many. Without His bodily resurrection on Easter Sunday, there is no hope for mankind, and the world is on a collision course. But with His bodily resurrection being true, it means the Old Testament is true because He substantiated it’s validity (Luke 24:44), what Christ taught is true, and He pre-authenticated the New Testament that It would be true when written (John 14:26;16:12-14). Some day, in God’s timing, Christ will come and put down all rule and rebellion, establish His 1000 year reign of peace on earth, and eventually bring in His new heaven and earth.

Where are you in your spiritual journey? Based on His death, burial, and bodily resurrection, Jesus is offering you His eternal forgiveness. His eternal purpose for living now, and His eternal hope – life beyond the grave with God forever.

Have you made that decision to follow Jesus Christ? Read Romans 10:9 -13 in the Bible.

If Christ is your Savior, give thanks. Celebrate Easter with joy. Live for Him. Christ has conquered death forever! He is alive forevermore! As promised, He will return (Acts 1:11), and His return could be any time. Are you ready to go with the Lord to be with Him forever?

Choose well. Your choice is brief, yet endless!!

Paul Bawden is married and served in the pastoral ministry for 45 years, retiring in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Speech and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Theology. He has taken counseling courses at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Paul is a lifetime member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as being a member of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), which serves churches during their time of transition in searching for a new pastor. He writes for Union Gospel Press, as well as being a volunteer writer for GotQuestions.org. Paul likes to write, read, bike, and work in the yard. The Bawdens have had the privilege to travel to Mexico and Romania on mission trips and visited various countries in Europe.


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