Sunday - April 17
Luke 24:1-12; John 20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today is the day! Christ has risen, He has risen indeed!! This morning we woke with the weight of yesterday’s tension and rise to find our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is alive. The angels stood to testify of the empty tomb to those that came near, yet we not only have their testimony, but the testimony of the women at the tomb, the disciples, and many more to come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). By God’s sovereignty, this good news has transcended the test of time that we might know it. Thanks be to God this is not just some story we read in a religious book, but it is in fact the inspired word of our God (2 Tim 3:16)—and backed by countless historical documents. We rejoice today knowing full well that our sins have been forgiven by the pardon of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Have you ever misinterpreted a situation that should have been joyous for something mournful? Imagine yourself as Mary Magdalene. You have gone to anoint His body with spices only to find angles of the Lord informing you His body is no longer there. First, you feel a great shock and terror rush through you that brings you to your knees. Next, you begin to process their words and realize someone must have taken His body. Where did they place Him? We planned to anoint Him! Forgive us, Lord! We wanted to honor your body with this act. These thoughts process as you weep. Suddenly, as you turn, you hear a man question your tears. He calls you by name and every part of you leaps with joy because your Savior is the man standing before you. Your excitement beams with the charge to go and tell the others, and you do so with glee. This is where we see the common call. We know the good news of the gospel and should feel this same urgency to go and share it with others. We get to be a part of the continued series of testimonies by the grace of God.
Finish your time asking the Holy Spirit to empower you to share your testimony with zeal.