Sunday April 5, 2015
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain other women with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
But when they entered in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
As they were wondering about this, two men stood by them in shining robes:
In their fright, the women bowed their faces to the earth, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here, he is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words,
When they returned from the sepulchre, they told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.
Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women that were with them, told these things to the apostles.
But they did not believe them. Their words seemed as nonsense to them,
Peter however got up, and ran to the sepulchre; and stooping down, he saw the linen clothes laid by themselves. He went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
What difference has the resurrection made in your life?
For example; does the resurrection excite you?
Are you full of joy of knowing the living Jesus as you saviour and friend?
Is life with the living Jesus, exciting for you?
Do you accept the resurrection as just a fact or does it go deeper than that?
Is Jesus alive for you. And is He Almighty God himself?
What I think we have to recognise, is that God’s Love expressed in the cross gains its meaning through the resurrection.
If no resurrection?
Without the resurrection the cross is meaningless,
Do you know that this confirms that your sins have been forgiven or are there still things in the past that still trouble you?
Is your faith in the living Christ help you in the midst of difficulties either in the resolution or in the courage to work though those troubles?
Does your hope in eternal life remove all fear of dying or death itself?
Imagine it is only a matter of day or two that you have to live. Would hope in eternal life enter your thoughts?
Does the living Jesus hear your prayers?
How close is your relationship with Jesus do you talk with him much?
Are you aware if Jesus’ presence? Not just now but daily?
Do you sense His Holy Spirit as he guides you each day? Paraclete. Comforter.
Does He reveal truths to you as you read and study His word? Concordance?
I pray that we all regain that kind of enthusiasm of the disciples had in the early days.
But to close now I want to take you back first, to that awful Saturday. It was a day of mourning.
Then there was the Sunday evening .
Can you imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus turned up in that upper room. Only ten of them at that time. Judas was gone but where was Thomas?
He doesn’t believe them. When Thomas sees him he believes, but Jesus says “Blessed are those who believe though they have not seen”
Are you blessed?
Blessing from Jesus.