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Devotionals by Rick McDaniel

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Not far from where I was raised in Connecticut is where American hero Nathan Hale grew up. He was captured as a spy in New York City during the Revolutionary War. Before he was hanged he spoke these famous last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Not far from where I now live another American hero Patrick Henry spoke these famous words in St. John’s Church, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Whether literally the last words spoken before death or famous words spoken at a crucial time these words have great impact. Hundreds of years later almost everyone knows those words. Almost two thousand years ago some very famous last words were spoken in Luke 24:5-6, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen!” Two angels spoke these words about Jesus to his disciples.

Jesus’ last words before he died were, “It is finished.” But the last words spoken about Jesus were, “He is risen!” The connection between the two is inseparable. Jesus dying on the cross completed his mission on earth. By dying on the cross for all the sins of humanity forgiveness is now available for anyone who asks for it.

Jesus offered his perfect sinless life for our imperfect sinful lives so the barrier of sin that kept us from knowing God could be removed. When you accept Christ into your life your sinful imperfection is replaced with Christ’s perfection. God sees Jesus in you and accepts you as his friend.

The death of Christ without his resurrection would have been pointless and incomplete. Only by rising up from the grave did he prove his victory over death and sin. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. “He is risen” are the most famous words in history. Celebrating Christ rose from the dead is what Easter is all about.

The veracity of Jesus’ resurrection is crucial. If Jesus did not rise from the dead then as the apostle Paul says, “Our preaching is in vain.” The most famous words in history mean nothing they are just a metaphorical phrase not historical fact.

The reality is that Jesus was raised up from the dead and because of Jesus’ victory over death and sin we can experience forgiveness and eternal life. The words “He is risen” changed the world forever and can change your life too.

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Pastor Rick McDaniel gives a relevant and Biblical perspective on various life topics ranging from relationships to business, from marriages to health. Rick is known for presenting messages that have practical points which can be applied in everyday life. His inspirational style has motivated thousands of people to live more impacting lives.

About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including a masters degree from Boston College and an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ seven​​ books including his latest "​You Got Style." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents. Through his writing and speaking he has become an evangelical voice to the culture on faith matters.

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