Published April 3, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

What difference does it make?

We have heard that question asked concerning various topics, and while a person may ask this concerning the Resurrection, we must realize it makes ALL the difference in the world… and in eternity!

From the moment Adam and Eve sinned and plunged humanity into a place of “lostness,” the plan of redemption was already being put in place for a Redeemer to come and take the penalty of death so that we would not have to. The Bible clearly lets us know that the “wages of sin is death,” and just a casual reading of stories in the Old Testament reveal the value of sacrifice. When the sacrifices took place, they were looking forward to the day when the perfect, sinless Savior would die for our sins.

Yet, the fact that Christ lived this sinless life meant that death had no hold on Him! Acts 2:24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

So what difference does it make?

The Resurrection proves without question that Christ was without Sin because the penalty of death could NOT hold Him in the grave!

Because He lives, we can live as well! Yet, this life only comes when we come to Christ in repentance, and as we ask for forgiveness for our sins. When we accept His death and resurrection, we are putting ourselves in a place to receive that “amazing grace”. This grace we receive empowers us to live a life of devotion to the Lord, and empowers us for service to Him as we remain open to the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Resurrection makes ALL the difference. Christ is the only one who offers freedom in this life, and eternity in Heaven in the next life!

We know that Jesus Christ came to bring light and life to a world darkened by sin and rebellion for so many years.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

What a wonderful Savior we serve!

We encourage you to join us for worship service this Easter Sunday, April 16th at 10:30 am, here at Southside Baptist Church. Even if you are one who always attends here, why not take some time to think of whom you will invite for this very special day?

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner