He Is Risen

By Kit R. Olsen

Throughout this past week, many have had somber reflections upon the torturous, inconceivably horrific suffering and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ; when He took upon Himself the cumulative sin-laden sufferings of all of humanity—the miraculous selfless feat only He could achieve so we can celebrate life to its fullest, and be freed from the shackles of the devil’s schemes of eternal enslavement.

“How great Thou art.” Words of honor and glory to our soon coming King. His ascension sealed the magnificent eternal destiny for His Church and softens the day-to-day blows of the enemy who taunts us and works to terrify us, using demonically infused death cults like ISIS—Satan’s representatives dripping with evil, hell-bent on silencing our love for Him.

“Pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.” Not an easy commandment to accept when our human logic wants payback. Yet, we must not allow our inner rage to get out-of-control and take us off balance. We are part of the greatest army with the greatest cause, commanded by the One true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We can and must work our utmost to fulfill the Great Commission.

Pity and pray for those who are blinded by demonic hatred. Unless those wretched souls truly repent and recognize their need for salvation in Christ, their eternal destinies will be bound in hell and in the lake of fire—the ultimate payback; separated from our holy God—sentenced to eternal suffering with no chance of escape.

Our Commander in Chief, the holy God of Israel, teaches us to be wise and call on Him to fight our battles for us in the spiritual realm. He has given us supernatural armor with which to clothe ourselves (Ephesians 6:13-17), and it is He who knows the beginning from the end.

He reminds us in His Word, to trust Him and lean not unto our own understanding. Too much thinking about “What will be?” can stop anyone from being an effective witness for the Lord. While the enemy wreaks havoc all around us, we keep our hearts and minds focused on Him.

This is a good time to take self-inventory of our motives; it would be a shame to impress the brethren with our “greatness,” yet find our rewards going up in smoke at the Bema Seat judgment.

We have reached a time when social Christianity must be tempered; our time would be better spent preparing to reach others for Christ when calamity strikes. Serious Bible study is a must. Heartfelt prayer in union with our Creator will strengthen us with determination.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15).

We know God wishes for no one to perish. Some people might need an intense wake-up call to get serious about their faith or come to faith all together. Human tragedy can awaken some to the reality that this life is fragile, and help them understand God’s promise that a phenomenal eternity awaits—when we accept the free gift of salvation our Lord offers because of His blood sacrifice on the Cross at Calvary.

As more and more people see this world falling into the abyss, they will be seeking answers. We can comfort the lost. God will give us the grace to lead others to Him, and give them hope while there is still time. Those of us who know the Lord Jesus at this junction in world history have been given much. We have the privilege of seeing Bible prophecy unfold before our eyes.

As we move ahead toward the last of the last days we can use prophetic Scripture very directly to make a case for the Lord—to lead others to salvation in Christ. What better gift can we give our precious Lord and Savior than to heed His call to reach others for Him?

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20.

“And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33).

He is risen! Glory to God in the highest.

The day is soon coming, when there will be peace and good will on (a newly rejuvenated ) earth. But first, Almighty God will pour out His righteous wrath on an unbelieving world during the horrific Tribulation years. (Those years are quickly approaching.)

Later, at Christ’s Second Coming, He, the King of kings and Lord of lords will intervene, destroying the Antichrist’s armies—the wicked demon-infested warriors gathered around Jerusalem—rescuing Israel; and finally shattering Satan’s evil dominion over the earth. The Antichrist and his False Prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire where they belong (Revelation 19:20).

But before that glorious day all true believers have a special gift we can count on—the Blessed Hope—the joyful assurance of the Lord Jesus, when He calls us up to meet Him in the air and rescues us to the safety of heaven—pulling us up and away from the coming Tribulation—the seven years of hell on earth, which will be far worse that anything this world has ever seen.

He is risen, and for that reason all believers, too, shall live—regardless of what the enemies of God and humanity try to do those who belong to Him.

Even so come Lord Jesus.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:4-8).