He lives! He is Risen!
This Resurrection Sunday, I pray that when you hear the call, He is risen, and you respond, He is risen indeed, that the significance of this response will cut deep into your soul. I pray that the promised Holy Spirit will move you to a deeper understanding of what the Resurrection means to you. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I will believe in their redeemer when his people act more redeemed.” What an indictment on our faith. Ask yourself,
How can I act more redeemed? What does it mean to be redeemed? Can you tell somebody the meaning of the Resurrection?
Yes, I’ve seen the bumper sticker: I’m not perfect, just forgive me. But please don’t forget that
grace is a safety net, not a hammock.
Take the time this week to reflect on the awesome words of the simple fisherman, Peter. He was able to proclaim the good news to those who crucified his Lord after denying him three times the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. Check out Acts 2:22-32, Acts 3:15-19, Acts 5:29-32, and Acts 10:34.
If you feel empowered to share the good news of the resurrection with an unsaved friend, have him or her read Acts 13:16-32.
Here, Paul wonderfully accounts a short synopsis of all of Scripture, most importantly the meaning behind the Resurrection. The Resurrection is not some cool story put into Scripture to make you feel good.
The truth of the Resurrection is what our whole faith stands on.
It’s our rock. Once you stand firm on that rock, your life will be transformed. 1 Peter 1:3, In his great mercy, God has given us new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I hope this verse really becomes something for you to pray on and meditate upon this Easter Sunday. I pray that the peace that transcends all understanding will be with you. Amen.