Last week we talked about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and how Jesus died that day for our sins! Today we talk about the happier part of the story! Jesus’ Resurrection!
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came 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 from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. Matthew 28:1-4 (NKJV)”
Imagine being a woman, walking up to what was Jesus’ tomb, and experiencing a large earthquake. That in its own might have made you a bit uneasy, right? But then, you see an angel that rolls back the stone that was keeping the tomb closed, and watch as it sits waiting for you to approach. Yep, I think it’s safe to say that you might be a little concerned… and probably a lot curious!
“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. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. Matthew 28:5-8 (NKJV)”
The angel speaks to the woman, telling them that Jesus is not there! But wait! That’s a good thing! It means that Jesus has risen from the dead! The woman were filled with great joy, yet fear for such a great thing has happened, it was almost too much to believe! They ran to the disciples though and told them the great news!
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“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:19-20 (NKJV)”
The disciples find the Jesus, and Jesus gives them instruction to go into the world and preach the gospel to all! He tells them to baptize one another, cast out demons and speak new languages. (Mark 16:15-18). Then Jesus ascends up to heaven, where He sits by the right hand of God. And the disciples? They start their adventures of preaching too all nations!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank-you today for sending your Son to die on the cross for our sins, but also for the resurrection. We thank you for this wonderful time of year, where we are reminded why it is that you sent us your Son to the earth. We thank you for the sacrifice you gave, and we pray that this story will lead others to you as well.
In Christ’s name we pray,