Verse of the day.
“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.'”
To understand the significance of this statement, we have to look at the background of the story.
Flashback some three days before, these women were witnesses to a terribly violent, public killing of an innocent man. This same man whom they had placed so much hope in, One they loved very dearly and followed earnestly.
Death is such a…lifeless word; empty, hopeless. It seems like the end; a full stop in the middle of a sentence.
The Cross was the grand display of the love and righteousness of God, but it wasn’t the end. Jesus had said He would rise and He did.
Our salvation is incomplete without the resurrection. What is the point of dying to sin if we never rise in newness of life?
“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:14)
What does this mean? Simply put: The resurrection is the completion of what began at the cross. The Israelites weren’t just delivered from Egypt; they were delivered into the Promised Land.
…He is risen, as He said…
Many times, we speak of the death of Christ and praise God for His sacrifice but we must equally ponder what is the wonderful hope of Christ’s resurrection.
Doing this places before our hearts the hope of eternal life. For without this hope, we are of all men the most miserable!
So through our life’s journey, let our hearts constantly ponder this and rejoice as we carry our cross daily.
We will live…for He has said it.
Rejoice!Many times, we speak of the death of Christ and praise God for His sacrifice but we must equally ponder what is the wonderful hope of Christ’s resurrection.
Father, thank You for the resurrection of Your Son. Help me rejoice in the eternal life You have given, and may the hope of Your glory strengthen me through my life’s journey.
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