God calls us to ring out the message of the resurrection.
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“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”
1 Peter 3:15 English Standard Version
Every day these bells in Mt. Angel are not afraid to ring and fill the valley with their melody. I have often heard this melody from my in-laws’ farm.
How willing are we to announce our belief that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead?
No one is going to hear the music of Jesus’ resurrection if Christians are silent. It is not our job to convince people that Jesus is alive. That responsibility rests on the Holy Spirit. We are to proclaim this message.
It’s critical for the church to rise up and toll the reality of the resurrection. In 1 Corinthians, Paul states that of all people on earth we are most to be pitied if our hope is only in this life (1 Cor. 15:19).
This belief in the resurrection of the dead is more than the hope that our spirit returns to Christ when we die. Christians boldly proclaim that these bodies, which are subject to decay, will rise from the dead. Why? Because Jesus has risen from the dead.
Why would we want to keep silent about such great news?
Copyright Douglas P Brauner