Easter, a day of triumph! He’s alive!!
The Passion week ended with the illegal trials against Christ. The Sanhedrin members wanted His influence on the people to end. They wanted to keep their religious power. They did not like that Jesus had the true authority. He was condemned to death. He was crucified on what we call ‘Good Friday’.
The horror of the Cross was necessary to satisfy God’s wrath. A blood sacrifice was required. That God would send His only Son to save us is beyond our comprehension. Thankfully, when Easter Sunday arrives, we put that behind us and celebrate that our Savior is alive!
On the first day of the week, we find the women heading to the tomb to finish the burial preparations. They will find the tomb empty as Jesus’ resurrection has occurred. That is why Christians worship on Sunday and not Saturday.
Are the details important? Yes, to show us the love of God and Christ, but what we really want to remember is the hope that beats in our hearts. We sing “Christ the Lord is risen today.” The empty tomb reveals that Christ is The Savior. It is the greatest news ever given.
This earth-shaking news became the dominant teachings of the Apostles. It has the power to transform our lives and that of the world.
The Resurrection Redeems Us.
“’Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25, ESV).
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1, NKJV).
The Resurrection empowers us to live victoriously. Through the indwelling of the Spirit, we become overcomers.
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, NKJV).
“Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, KNJV), Amen.
The Resurrection gives us hope. The world is searching for hope.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5, ESV).
There is hope in Christ today. There is hope beyond the grave. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will also raise those that confess Him.
How can anyone survive without Christ? He stands at the door of your heart ready to come in. He only goes where He is invited. Invite Him in!
Spiritual Life Director
Thank you Sandy for your wonderful devotionals this Holy Week!