Matthew 28:1-3; 5-6 (ESV) “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… 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…”
I had the privilege of traveling to Israel in 2006 and during the tour of the Holy Land you are treated to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. We visited the garden of Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the garden tomb as it is called. There is a sign above the tomb that reads the words spoken by the angel to the women “He is not here, for he has risen”. Walking into the tomb you are able to see where He would have laid; The tomb is empty. Standing in the empty tomb you are taken back to the pages of the New Covenant Scriptures as they begin to come alive in your heart. Your heart fills with wonder and awe of the power of God. You begin to wonder “What would I have done if I was here when this occurred?”. The women were told by the angel to go tell His disciples (Matt.28:7). As you come out of the tomb and look around at the city of Jerusalem, 2000 years of history has covered the landscape with buildings, vegetation, and a multitude of people. The realization of what you believed and trusted in is staring you right in the face. Now that Jesus is physically resurrected from the dead, what am I to do?
The celebration of Resurrection Sunday is an annual event that Christians all over the world participate in. It keeps the resurrection of Jesus Christ fresh in our hearts and reminds us of the suffering and death on the cross he endured for us. In the resurrection, we have the hope of being raised also as Jesus was (1 Cor.15). It is our responsibility to tell the story of the resurrection of Jesus. We are to tell the good news to everyone (Matt.28:16-20) as Jesus gave instructions to do after His resurrection. We celebrate to renew our strength, to recharge our fervency, and to fan the flame of our desire to serve the Lord. Jesus’s resurrection was a life altering experience for the disciples and it has the same effect on us. The fear of death is removed and the power to proclaim and live out the life God has for us is realized in the resurrection. The resurrection is to be alive in our hearts as we live out the Christian life. Not just for one day out of the year.
Brothers and sisters in the Lord, let us strengthen our walk in the Lord by remaining united in the power of the resurrection of Jesus our risen King and Lord.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
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