Resurrection and Hope
Friday is not the end of the story...
When we see the empty cross, it serves as a reminder of the fullness of a faith where our Lord and Savior lives eternally, even though He died for our sins. Friday was a universal tragedy, but the story did not end there.
On Easter morning we celebrate the empty cross because He rose from the dead, and because of His marvelous atonement for our sins, believers have eternal life.
How amazing that we have a savior like Jesus!
Celebrate the most wonderful event in human history. Jesus lives, this week and every week, because He is risen.
Jesus Died and Rose for Homosexual Sinners
Linda Harvey, Mission America
Sinfulness doesn’t disappear with power and popularity. The reality of separation from God does not change, and no Supreme Court or fawning media can stand in that gap.
The good news is that Jesus can. He bled on the cross on Good Friday and rose on the third day to save those who repent and seek Him, the most serious sexual sinners as well as people conflicted over gender. All it takes is a heart of repentance after a full recognition of God’s authority and truth.
Telling the truth when it’s out of season is a lesson I fervently wish our churches would teach, and not just on this issue. We need specific training about how to be courageous.
“There will be times when all the signs around you, and everyone you know, will be lined up on the other side,” our ministers need to tell their congregations. “And the only armor you may have is the unchanging word of God, the historical testimony of the saints, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, to reaffirm what is true and what is false. And the Lord will be calling you to stand despite the cost.”
In America, we Christians often don’t expect this faith to cost much. But anguish over your child’s choice of a homosexual or transgendered life, or whether to attend your sister’s ceremony attempting to unite her with another woman—these may throw you into inner turmoil and family conflict.
But we Christians must not affirm these grave sins....