Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jesus Rose from the Grave

Photo by David Amsler
Scripture: Luke 24:1-3
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Insights: It is impossible to separate the events of Easter from one another.  In other words, if we have good Friday and the death of Jesus without the resurrection, then we still do not have victory.  It takes both of these events to make Easter, EASTER!  The death covers the payment for sin, but the resurrection gives us victory over sin and death.  I have shared this thought before, but it is worth repeating.  Jesus is not the first to come back from the dead.  His return to life is not where the power truly lies.  Elijah raised the widow’s son back to life.  Jesus Himself brought people back from the dead.  Every one of these individuals, however, died a second time.  Jesus is the first born of the resurrection.  In other words, He did not die a second time.  He was made new.  He was given a body that would not perish or suffer or experience disease.  He would never die again.  Jesus is offering us the same kind of body.  If we receive Him as Lord and Savior, He promises to enter into our lives and at our death (or His second coming) we will be transformed into a resurrected body which is also known as a glorified body.  This new body will be just like Jesus’.  It will know nothing of sin.  It will know nothing of death and sickness.  It will not experience the toil found in work, but pure joy and satisfaction.  The resurrection is where the POWER is found and it is also where we put our hope as followers of the Christ.  Easter, therefore, is the culmination of the good news.  Sins are paid for on Friday and victory of life is given on Sunday.  Beloved, let us not contain this information to ourselves alone.  Let us be bold in telling others about this good news as well.  Let us shout it from the mountain tops and let’s bring praises to Him for His wonderful work.  To God be the glory for this eternal change in the condition of humanity.  He is the only one worth this praise.

1. What is your position regarding the resurrection of Jesus?
2. How do you express your gratitude for His resurrection from the dead?

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son.  Thank You for His death as payment for my sins.  May I grow in grace and serve You for all You have done for me. Amen.

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