Day 40 – He has Risen
Those 3 days after Jesus died must have been the saddest days for the disciples. Grief and memory have a way of causing us to relive painful moments over and over again. I can see Peter sulking in the corner barely able to stand himself, knowing that he had denied Him 3 times. Judas was dead. He took his own life. They all felt betrayed by what he did. All the disciples had fled that night. None had been faithful to their word that they would stay with Him. Now sitting together trying to figure out what to do. The women leave taking spices with them that they had prepared. They come to the tomb but the stone is rolled away and when they went in they did not find the body of Jesus. They must have looked so confused and being full of the wonder of what this could mean. When suddenly two angels appeared to them in shining splendor.
Luke 24:5-7 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
This one encounter with the angels shifted the hearts of the women that day. Imagine the explosion of hope that must have happened on the inside of these women who would run back to tell the rest of the disciples. I want to be so convinced, so full of the hope of Christ that is in me that I will run to tell others about what He has done! Most of the disciples, I imagine, must have looked at them like they were nuts just like we will encounter if we tell how Christ has saved us. Peter, however, moved to action. He went quickly running to the tomb to see for himself. We too must move to action. It is the fate of souls that Christ has given us as a charge to spread His word and speak His name for the salvation of many. In one glorious moment, every word that Jesus had said came flooding into a dead and shattered heart. It awakened the hope that only believing in Jesus can bring! – Tweet that!
PRAYER: Jesus, when all was dead in me, You came and made me alive to hope. I repent of putting my trust in lesser things. The only I hope that I have is in You!
What does your heart trust in? Is it the sacrifice of Jesus to make you free? Have you felt the pain of believing in lesser things? The hope that is in Christ is ours for the taking, it is a free gift of life. Salvation is a simple act of trust in what God had done through Christ alone to save us from our sins. He died for you, in your place as you. Then He rose again to ensure that you would live an eternal life with Him.
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