Reading: “I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.” Revelation 1:18
Is Jesus alive at the right hand of God?—then the debt is paid, and justice is satisfied. Is Jesus alive at the right hand of God?—then the Father is well pleased in the work of His Son, and He “rests in His love, and rejoices over His Church with singing.” Is Jesus alive?—then every promise shall be fulfilled, and all the blessings of the everlasting covenant shall be freely bestowed, and I, a poor worthless sinner, yet resting upon His atoning work, shall live also.
May the Holy Spirit lead you into the full belief of this glorious truth. It is the keystone of the temple; press it as you will, the more you lean upon it, the stronger you will find it. The more you rest upon it, the firmer will grow your hope. Only receive it in simple faith; Jesus is alive—alive for you—all you need in this valley of tears is here; all your temporal mercies are secured to you here; all your spiritual blessings are laid up for you here. Such is the great charter, such the immense untold blessings it contains, that, come how you will, come when you will, and “ask what you will, it shall be granted to you by the Father,” because Jesus is at His right hand.
Well may we take up the dauntless challenge of the apostle, “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died; yes, rather, that is risen again.” Your salvation is complete, your heaven secure, and all victory, happiness, and glory bound up in this one great fact. Then may we not again exclaim with Paul, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to His abundant mercy, has begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
“The Saviour is never to die again. He can, therefore, always sustain us in our troubles; he can be with us in our death. When we die, he will still be on the throne.”—Albert Barnes
Adapted from Octavius Winslow