1 Corinthians 15:1-6 (ESV) : 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

The cross is bare. The tomb is empty. Hope shines bright!

“Do versus done.” That is the difference between religion and Christianity.  Every religion prescribes something that you must do in order to gain God’s favor. The Bible teaches that everything needed to secure salvation,  has already been done by Jesus. From the cross,  Jesus shouted “It is finished!” He meant what he said.

If you are trying to make your own way to Heaven, you will never make it. If you will trust in what Jesus has already done for you through his life and his death on the cross, as your substitute, you can have the gift of eternal life…right now.

Jesus’ death was the satisfactory payment for your sins and mine. He satisfied the divine wrath of God with his substitutionary death on the cross. Then, he proved that was true by conquering death and the grave once and for all in his resurrection.

Jesus is alive. The grave is empty, and we have the promise of his return for his own some day. It may be today. Are you ready?

Have you put your faith in Jesus alone for your salvation? If you are trying to do something to earn God’s favor, you are wasting your time. The work is done. Hallelujah!

We have a wonderful hope! The future is a wonderful prospect for a child of God.

Bring someone with you to Celebration Church this weekend…someone who needs hope and a secure future in Jesus. We will see you at 10:30.

Jesus lives!

Pastor Dennis Chapmon