The hope that we have in today is that the grave could not hold Him down! Christ came, fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life, hung on a cross taking on the punishment that we deserved for our sinfulness, and three days later rose from the dead. He conquered the grave. He conquered death. And through believing in Christ and His saving work on the cross, we too can overcome death. What news! What glorious, life-changing, unspeakable news.
This world is a broken, painful, dying, tearful, and heartbreaking place at times. But there is hope. There is always hope. And that hope is found in the One who overcame death and will one day restore the whole world to the way it was meant to be. Today, take the time to reflect on the significance of Christ raising from the dead. Again, put yourself in the shoes of those who encountered Jesus after He came back to life. Ponder how this will affect your life today, and think about the hope given to you.
Matthew 28:1-10: “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-7: “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-57: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah 25:8: “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.”
CHRIST HAS RISEN; HE HAS RISEN INDEED
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