Heb 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” The questions becomes what is the “sacrifice of praise?” We know the results of the sacrifice of praise which is the fruitful life living in a deep, heartfelt thanks of Christ –“the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Yet how does one find (arrive) at such an elevated purposeful living of continual thanks in Christ? What is the cost “to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually?” The cost is not animals nor is it things, but it is your surrendered heart in a trusting, loving fellowship with God. God knows the greatest benefits are the best. They can only be received through true heart worships of God in Christ Jesus. Only then are the great eternal benefits of life such as love, joy, peace, and fulfillment richly lived. Then you will know the benefits, for you will naturally respond with “the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name,” the name above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t miss out on the true, blessed life in Christ.
John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus stated the truth, carried out the truth and lived the truth. First Jesus speak clearly and precisely the resurrection truth. When Jesus comes, we find that Martha is weeping, because her brother Lazarus died, and she goes to meet Jesus to partially blames Jesus for her brother’s death “… Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” (John 11:21). Jesus response by telling her “…Thy brother shall rise again” (John 11:23). Martha questions Jesus truth of the resurrection, or one could say, half believes the truth. Then Jesus emphatically states “…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”(John 11:25). Second we notice Jesus carries out the truth for all those who believe Him After more discsuion Jesus tells them to take away the stone from the grave and says “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me … Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:41-43). Then Lazarus came forth from the grave (John 11:44). We should also note, not only did Jesus state He is the resurrection, and carried out the resurrection, but Jesus Christ lives the resurrection. Jesus is “the resurrection and the life” as Jesus “… was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1Co 15:4). Anyone who “… heareth my (Christ’s) word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Why continue to walk among the walking dead, when you can walk with the one who is “the resurrection and life” now, and for eternity. Have a blessed Resurrection Day!