Word for the day By Christian Education Forum
Resurrection – Hope for the New Life
“We remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said “After three days I will rise again”(V.63)
Resurrection brings renewal and new beginnings. In the midst of despair and fear, resurrection brings hope. Hope gives life as Christ rescues us from sin by the power of his Resurrection. The source of eternal life for a true believer is Jesus Christ the Son of God. The life of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, did not end in death but it continued through resurrection. The resurrection of Christ ensures us the assurance and hope that those who live in Christ will rise at the second coming of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of our Lord is glorious in contrast with his humiliation.
The tomb is empty contrary to the precautions of His enemies: As we can see from the above passage, despite the best efforts of the enemies, Jesus Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension in to heaven gives us, His children, the eternal hope. Christ was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification. Although the guard made the tomb as secure as humanly possible, Jesus rose from the dead as He has promised and became victor over death. Where there is hope, there is life. The tomb is empty because our Savior, the Almighty Son of God cannot be contained in an earthly tomb. The Tomb is empty because “He is Risen”, which brings us newness, renewal and eternal hope.
Resurrection transforms us to be witnesses: Resurrection made the believers victors rather than victims. The events of crucifixion frightened the people, but resurrection revealed Jesus as the God of power and might who have overcome the forces of evil and death. Resurrection made the believers victors rather than victims and empowered believers to become witnesses.
Resurrection transformed the tomb into tabernacle: Tomb, the site of death and fear became the site and source of life. Those who crucified Jesus thought that His life came to an end by the tomb. But, Jesus rose from the dead and the tomb became the meeting point of the risen Lord with faithful ones. The meeting point of the Savior with His believers is the place of worship; thus the tomb became a tabernacle, the place of worship.
By the empty tomb, the risen Lord is exhorting each one of us “Come and See” and “Go and Tell” the good news. Let us renew and re-dedicate ourselves to be the witnesses of His resurrection and hope. Are you willing to share the good news? Do you have the eternal hope?
Prayer: Thank you Father for your Son Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Oh Lord enable us to be witnesses of your cross and resurrection in a meaningful way and thank you for the eternal hope for new life. Amen.
Thought for the Day: By His Resurrection Jesus Christ conquered death and gave His children the eternal hope. We are victors and not victims.
Mathew Lukose, Ephiphany MTC, NY