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Empty-Tomb-Picture-07This weekend, many will be celebrating the resurrection of Christ from the dead.  They will dress in their best outfits and join many in listening  to the annual message of how the sepulcher was empty when the stone was rolled away.  They will hear an inspiring message of hope and joy while being seated in the midst of perhaps one of the most popular services of the year.  Extra chairs will be set out in order to accommodate the extra attendees for this week’s service.  When the service is concluded, many will likely stay and enjoy a fellowship meal with other members and guests, or enjoy a special meal with friends and family.  Then, they will plan on celebrating the event again next year.
Is that what the resurrection has become?  An annual event for us to celebrate once a year?  In the kingdom of God, this resurrection is something we are to be thankful for daily, with our renewed lives being the proof that we were raised with Christ from the dead.  Yes, we too were dead – dead in sins and trespasses, dead to the things of God, and dead to Christ Jesus himself.  It is when we understand that the Jesus who was crucified, dead and buried, was the one that God made Lord and Christ that we begin to see the marvel and splendor of his eternal kingdom.  This is something to be celebrated not annually, but daily.  And how much more should we rejoice and be thankful that while we were yet estranged from the promises of God, God in his mercy and loving kindness revealed the gospel to us, that we might be able to hear it and live!
We are to walk in the resurrected life daily – “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”  This truth does not happen once.  It occurs each day that the Lord God gives us the breath of life to be living epistles of his resurrection power.  It happens every time you submit to the rule of Christ in an area of your life where you once ruled.  For the saints of God, the resurrection isn’t celebrated once a year; it is celebrated daily by living resurrected lives.

Eph. 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

As we approach what is for us this Thanksgiving holiday, let us be mindful of the fact that we should be thankful first and foremost that God had mercy on our lives and allowed us to hear the good news of his kingdom.  Just as Israel did nothing that could ever be deemed worthy of earning the distinction of being declared holy, there is nothing we could do to ever earn the privilege of hearing the gospel.  We heard it simply because of the grace of a sovereign God.  But just as he had mercy on our lives, so too should we have mercy on the lives of others.  Be merciful toward others on purpose, and may the Lord bless you and your family during this time.

Beginning Monday, November 30, Ron Mosby will be on Periscope broadcasting A Daily Glimpse.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @mosbyknowsme and on Periscope: A Daily Glimpse – mosbyknowsme.

Finally, Ron will be conducting a discussion and book signing at the Triple Moon Coffee Company, 1100 Central Ave., Middletown, OH 45044 on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  If you have friends or family in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas,  let them know so they can come out and discuss the kingdom of God and have an opportunity to buy a copy of A Glimpse of the Kingdom.

May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.