Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Thunderous Applause...

is in place for the KING IS RISEN!

Three days ago we commemorated the suffering and death of Christ on the cross. Today we celebrate His resurrection, the day that Jesus rose from the dead.

Imagine being Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross when Jesus died. It probably seemed to her that all hope was lost because Jesus had died. Yet three days later, she came to Jesus's tomb to find that the stone that covered the entrance had been rolled away. She was heartbroken and thought someone had taken Christ's body out of the tomb. Peter and another disciple stopped and looked in to see the linen cloth wrappings lying there that had once covered Jesus. After that they realized, that the Scriptures said that Jesus would rise from the dead, had come true.

Mary stood outside Jesus' tomb weeping, she was approached by two angels sitting at the head and foot of the place where Jesus' body had been lying. They asked why she was crying and she said, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him." She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing beside her. It was Jesus but she didn't recognize him, "Why are you crying?" asked Jesus. "Who are you looking for?" She then told the man if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him and I will go and get him.

"Mary!" Jesus said. For then she turned to him and exclaimed, "Teacher!" Can you imagine at that moment, the joy that she felt to have seen Jesus and to know that He was alive? She went from utter hopelessness to an undescribable joy in three days time. Wow, imagine being there with Jesus in that moment...what joy you would have!

Jesus' resurrection is the key to the Christian faith. For just as he said, Jesus rose from the dead; therefore, this assures us that he will accomplish all he has promised. His death proved that the Father was satisfied with the Son’s payment for our sins. Now we can know that our sins are forgiven and we’re eternally secure.

Jesus promised us that we, too, will be resurrected and given new bodies. Physical death could not hold Him, nor will it overpower us. Because He overcame the grave, this means the bible's words are true and that Christ can and will fulfill His every word!

Celebrate today with an applause, sing praises to your risen King, and give glory to his name. Share with others the joy you have found as you commit your life to Christ and devote yourself to serving him all the days of your life.

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