Easter: Death’s Defeat

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

-1 Corinthians 15:55-56

Death was the dominant force in the world. It always won. Even if you were the mighty Pharaoh Ramses, or Genghis Khan, or Alexander the Great, no warrior had a chance against it. 

Part of death’s ruling class was fear. Death is where fear gets the root of its power. Death and fear are bigger than any person.

Then, one Sunday morning, death was put in it’s place. The grave was defeated in one move. “He is risen!”

In Revelations 1:18 Jesus says “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Jesus has conquered death and now rules over it. 

Because Jesus is risen, death and fear are no longer the most powerful forces on this Earth. Love is.

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New Bridge Box Coming Monday

Have you ever had problems with someone who is in charge of you, like a parent or boss? Especially when you knew you were right and they were wrong?

That’s what this month’s Bridge Box is all about. Songs, sermons, bible studies and more about how to deal with a situation where someone in leadership is wrong.

Good Friday Thoughts: I Bear It No More

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

 -Galatians 2:20-21

Jesus did not go to the cross so that you would be a better rule follower. He did not go to the cross so that you would “meditate on His sacrifice” and try to do better. The idea that you have to behave well enough before God will love you went to the cross as well. It has been brutally eradicated, never to return. Rejoice in its death.

One of the points of crucifixion as a means of execution is that it was very public. Everyone could see who was crucified and why. The idea of God only wanting you when you are on your best behavior is up there, because it wasn’t getting you any closer to God and it was killing you in the process.

That old way of trying to be enough and do enough for God is dead and gone. God loves you, as proved by the sacrifice on the Cross. That is why it is important to think about the Cross. The cross is not a debt for you to payback, it is a love letter for you to carry in your heart.

The old hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” puts it this way:

“My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! 

My sin, not in part but the whole, 

is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, 

praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!” 

 

-Matt from The Bridge

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These are spiritual tools you use to fight a spiritual battle, one you fight with your eyes open. Start asking God for the humility to get wisdom, perspective, and accountability from folks who’ve walked these roads before. Ask Him for grace to get back up when you fumble and stumble. And ask him for courage to keep going even when the path seems strange and unfamiliar. Armed with these, you will begin – perhaps for the first time – to see change take place

from the March Bridge Box devotional

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Asking God to make you a better person, opening up to someone after a bad experience, and dealing with racist jerks.

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Sexual Struggle and Marriage

Anonymous asked:

My fiance and I are struggling physically but setting boundaries until marriage. We are hoping that our struggle with sexual immorality will be over once we are married. I’m just wondering if there is such a thing as sexual immorality inside of a marriage outside of like infidelity and pornography?

I answered:

First of all congratulations on keeping your boundaries. Scientists have long theorized that if one could harness the sexual tension between engaged Christian couples, it would solve the world’s energy needs in one fell swoop.

As people who listen to the Say That podcast are constantly reminded, I am not married. Luckily, scripture has some pretty straightforward answers on this topic. We tend to think of sexual immorality as a list of things you are not allowed to do. A better way to think of it is acting in a way contrary to what God wants for you. It is possible to do that in your sex life within marriage as well as without.

Lust is a problem even once you are married. In fact, in the sermon on the mount, Jesus says that lust is immoral because it is committing adultery in your heart. So obviously, you can do that when you are married as well. You do not stop noticing other people are attractive when you get married. Just like when unmarried, lust is an issue to be addressed, but it is not a big scary monster sin.

Another aspect of married sexuality that can be immoral is withholding sex from your partner. In 1 Corinthians 7:3-5, Paul says “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time,” 

Again, sexual immorality is living your sex life in a way that is contrary to the way God wants you to live it. Seeking God’s will for areas of your life is a life long process, one that Jesus walks alongside us through.

 

-Matt from The Bridge

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