Let us beware of regarding the Lord Jesus Christ only as one that is dead.
We ought to remember that He not only died and went to the grave—but that He rose again, and ascended up on high, leading captivity captive. We ought to remember that He is now sitting on the right hand of God, to do a work as real, as true, as important to our souls, as the work which He did when He shed His blood.
Christ lives, and is not dead. He lives as truly as any one of ourselves. Christ sees us, hears us, knows us, and is acting as a Priest in heaven on behalf of His believing people. The thought of His life ought to have as great and important a place in our souls—as the thought of His death upon the cross.—By J. C. Ryle, in “Christ’s Power to Save”
We stress the fact that Jesus was born of a virgin, and we should. We speak of the fact that He died for our sin, and we should. We proclaim that He arose from the grave and we should. But there is more–He lives! Why don’t we hear more about that?
We somethimes sing, “We serve a risen Savior”, and it’s true–we do. But, just how much do we think about the life Christ now lives? How much value do we attach to it? Not as much as we should, I fear. Perhaps these words from the pen of J. C. Ryle will cause us to give it some thought: