“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. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)
There is simply no more important event in history than the resurrection of Jesus. It is the indispensable foundation of our faith because the resurrection validates the teaching of Jesus, the message of the gospel, and the promise of life after death. Because Jesus is alive, it changes everything. Jesus is not just a great teacher, He is LORD! Christianity is not just another religion, it is living hope! Death has been defeated! We have hope that reaches beyond the grave.
We see the power of the resurrection to change people most poignantly in the lives of the eleven disciples who followed Jesus. At the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, all but John deserted Jesus. They were obviously afraid they would be the next to be executed. After all, did not Jesus’ death signal the end of His life’s work? Who wants to follow a dead teacher? Then the resurrection happened and these frightened followers turned into brave martyrs. They had seen and touched the risen Lord. Jesus was still alive! They were no longer afraid of death because Jesus demonstrated He had power over it. They now had a great commission to go and make disciples. Their job was not over, it was just beginning.
Because of the resurrection, Jesus is alive and changing people today just like He changed people two thousand years ago. We too have the sure hope of life after death. We have a Savior who died for us and then rose again validating His sacrifice.
Question: How has Jesus’ resurrection touched your life?
Challenge: The resurrection must be more than a historical fact to you. Each of us must embrace the risen Christ as Savior and Lord.
Prayer: Jesus, just like your first disciples, I need the power of Your resurrection in my life. Please change me too.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks