Last week Toccoa Falls College had the musical artists NewSong on campus. During their performance they sang a remarkable song titled, Arise My Love. As you listen to the lyrics of that song there is a very powerful sentence that says this, the grave no longer has a hold on you. Think about that sentence for a moment…the grave no longer has a hold on you. This one sentence carries tremendous power and truth for the followers of Christ. We no longer have the shackles of sin or the sting of death hanging over us.
Often we carry our past around with us like shackles, chained to old memories and actions that haunt us and shake our self worth. May I tell you something? As a follower of Christ, the grave no longer has a hold on you. Your past sins have been forgiven, removed and sent as far as the east is from the west. Live in confidence and enjoy a life filled with the power of Christ.
Perhaps you’re not a follower of Christ and sin still does have a hold on you today. The Bible tells us that we have all sinned. If you have never confessed your sins to God and asked for forgiveness, the Bible also makes it very clear that the end result of sin is death.
Here’s the good news. Christ has already paid the price for our sins on the cross. He died on the cross for all our sins. Christ did that so the grave would no longer have a hold on anyone. All we need to do is admit that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. The Bible tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
C.S. Lewis says this about death, Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Lewis is right. There is no longer any sting of death if you are a follower of Christ. Death is simply the entry point for an eternity with God.
Don’t wait any longer…ask Jesus to be the leader of your life and experience a new life filled with the joy and freedom that come from living for Christ. Then you can truly say that the grave no longer has a hold on you.