“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.”
We really need some good news! I am exhausted with bad news. Well, 2000 years ago people felt the same way. At that time, the world looked just as dark as today, but something special happened. Hope arrived with a resurrection.
Jesus died for our sins, then arose from the grave with the power to give us eternal life. You may have heard this a thousand times, but think about it for a moment. In a time where there is no good news, Jesus beat death and Hell.
I believe the only way to grasp the positive vibes here is to realize the contrast from where you were headed, to where you are now. My anxiety is literally going down as I am writing this. My hope is in the resurrected life of Christ. Fantastic!
Read the devotionals this week and find hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Use the HEAR method as you spend time with today’s scripture.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?