Christ

Held

by Adebayo Akande on

Written by Adebayo Akande

 

 

The sky fell,
All was let loose from hell
In the mix of nimbus and hades
We stood, in the face of the clipper’s blades.

The world came crashing.
Thuds, bangs, booms, abounding.
Mares haunted dreams, aches taunted hope
Yet we clung on, like we had some strobe

Many times we questioned our minds
Were we dumb, had we left reason behind?
Who were we to think we’d live through this?
How in the world could we be at peace?

I believe we didn’t so much hold on, we were held!
By an arm so strong, to a love that melds and welds
And that heart still beats, with us, for us.
Life is worth living, because the greater one lives in us!

Why Easter?

by Adebayo Akande on

Written by Adebayo Akande

IS CHRIST REALLY THE REASON FOR THE SEASON?
I received a text message on my phone wishing me a happy Easter celebration and it ended thus “you’re the reason for the season.”
I dismissed the last statement as a typographical error, but again what could the sender have had in mind and then mis-spelt? I’m used to seeing “Jesus/Christ is the reason for the season”, I also send same to people during Christmas and Easter. That message was deliberate, and it got me disturbed. How can you remove Christ, and replace Him with me, as the reason for the season?
But I have come to learn that it is foolhardy to judge a matter or a person without taking time to critically examine the circumstances. So I set out to do some thinking.
The reason for a thing/event is the main purpose for which it had to happen. Think about some key events and experiences in your life and try to decipher the reason for some, if not all of them.
Now to the meat of the matter…
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, following his death on the cross, yes?
So then what/who would be the reason for Easter? The answer to this would be the reason He had to die and rise again.
Let’s see some scriptures:
Hebrews 2:9; “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Romans 5:8; “But God commended His love towards us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:34: “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. “

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and raised for our justification.”

1 Cor 15:17: “If Christ be not raised, then your faith is in vain, and you are still in your sins.”

Most, if not all scriptures that talk about His death and resurrection are clear as to why-for sinners!
He died to take away all our sins. He rose up and declared us not guilty. All He did was for us. He did nothing for himself. Such love, what a savior!
So you and I, the church, are the reason for the season. Jesus Christ, at the centre of it all, remains the essence of the season.
He did it for us. He was born for us, He lived for us, He died for us. He is risen, and now sits at the Father’s right hand making intercession for who? For us!
This is the height of devotion. This is the ultimate love.

He is committed to us, more than we ever could to Him.

So this season, celebrate the risen Lord, who now lives in you, works through you, who loves you like you are the only one alive.

He is the essence; we are the reason for the season! Without Him, we are nothing! Without us, He needn’t have died.

WHEN DEATH DIED

by Admin on

 

(Sequel to WHEN DEATH BORE LOVE)

Halleluia! He is risen. The tomb is empty, our hearts filled, our Saviour Jesus is risen from the dead. He defeated death by dying. He had spoken of these before time and fulfilled even as predicted. Now we celebrate resurrection, wherein lies our hope.

For if Christ was not risen from death, our hope is vain. We have hope not just here, but beyond.

 

1 Cor 15:19-20 (NLT)

And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

Every of God’s provision for us in Christ is vested on His resurrection. We have the earnest of His Spirit only because He died and arose. His death and resurrection made it possible for our earthly frames to receive the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

His death and resurrection made Christ different from every other prophet before Him. His death effected the new covenant, New Testament.

 

Heb 9:15-16 (NLT)

That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.

We can now fully operate as new creatures, no longer slaves or children, but sons Galatians 4:1-7.

We walk in newness.

 

Rom 6:4 (NLT)

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

We have hope of resurrection too.

Rom 6:5 (NLT)

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.

The tomb couldn’t hold Him down, the tombstone couldn’t keep Him in, and the soldiers couldn’t keep Him bound.

 

1 Cor 15:54-55 (NLT)

Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

Halleluia! Christ is risen.

 

Happy Easter.

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

WHEN DEATH BORE LOVE

by Admin on

 

It’s Good Friday and believers everywhere commemorate Christ’s crucifixion. It marks the day Christ died for us, the religious leaders prosecuted Him with Pilate’s help, found Him guilty and was sentenced to death on the cross. The soldiers nailed Him then He died. But they didn’t kill Him, He killed Himself.

I lay down my life for my sheep, no one takes it away, I lay it down on my own accord John 10:18, 1 John 3:16

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends John 15:13

Gethsemane was not the first instance they tried to take Him and kill, He always prevailed John 7:30, John 8:59, Luke 4:30. Even at Gethsemane, they fell at first but He turned Himself over to them for arrest after waking them up from their ‘deadness’. His time had come and He knew it. John 18:6-8.

They didn’t kill Him, they crucified Him because He let them and He chose to die.

When He had completed His mission, He gave up His Spirit. Even the soldiers didn’t expect He would have died, when they came to check on Him. He died only when HE was ready and His work on here was done, It is finished He said.

For you and me He died, but is that all there is? Is that the end of it all? We’ll see

to be continued…

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

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