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4/13/2020 12:11:00 AM
It's A Personal Thing
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith
Emanuel Reformed Church

On Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus – the miracle that demonstrated that physical death is not the end; the miracle where the Lord showed us that the body is a temporary dwelling for our spirit, we are forgiven of our sin, and we will live forever with him. His resurrection changed the world forever, and while it happened over two thousand years ago it’s a personal thing for Christians.

The Bible tells us that he prayed for us before the crucifixion in John 17:20 and 24 “My prayer is not for them alone. (meaning his disciples) I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message”. 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” In Luke 23:34 when he was hanging on the cross in agony, he prayed that we would be forgiven of all our sin, “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” He also remembered us after the resurrection when he appeared to his disciples in John 20:29 “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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The resurrection of Jesus is a personal thing for those of us who believe. We are comforted by the idea that physical death is nothing to fear. 2 Corinthians 5:1 says “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Old age, disease, accidents and natural disasters do not threaten our peace. If today is our last day on earth, we know we will be with Him.

The resurrection of Jesus is a personal thing because we know that by his sacrificial death on the cross, he has paid the spiritual price for our sin and God has forgiven us. While we walk the earth, the consequences of our sin may follow us, and people may not forgive us, but God has forgiven us through Jesus. The mistakes we made when we were young, the poor choices we have made as adults, those things we have done that we deeply regret, the sin we can’t even forgive ourselves for could be like failing grades written in permanent ink on our spiritual report card but the blood of Jesus covers us with his righteousness and we are forgiven in Him. It’s a personal thing to be free from the guilt and shame of our sin.

Believers know that we are not alone in life. Jesus promised us that he would be with us as we walk this broken road in John 14:15-18 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

The resurrection is a personal thing, and the freedom of life in Christ today is truly good news in this lost and broken world.

Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or

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