April 12, 2009

The Lord Is Risen!

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.

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.

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” (Matthew 28: 1-10)

It doesn't get any more glorious than this! Death, burial, and resurrection on the third day. Thank you, Jesus. Please teach us to follow you the way you intend to be followed. Forgive us our unbelief and grow our faith. We don't have an ounce of hope outside of the price You paid for us in blood. Help us to recognize just how lost we are without You to find us. Please work a wonder in our lives and use us to work wonders in the lives of others. We bless You, praise You, honor You, and adore You on this special day for the gift You have brought to us.

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