Read: Luke 24:1-8, NLT; I Corinthians 15:20-28, NLT
Key Verse: “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” John 12:32, NLT
There are exceptions to every rule, and what people often assume, does not always happen. William Shakespeare placed this statement on the lips of one of his notable characters: “The evil men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” This cannot be said of Jesus, whose Resurrection has transformed the lives of billions throughout the world. Jesus told His disciples that His death on the cross and the subsequent Resurrection would bring people throughout the world to Him, and reconcile them back to God our Creator. There has never been, nor will there ever be, anyone who could transform the hearts, minds, and souls of human civilization like Jesus. Men and women of great virtue have made their mark on civilizations, but none could transform people the way Jesus has. Our world is scarred and broken, because people have rejected the teachings of Jesus that can redeem society. The distortion of the truth, the worship of civil icons, idol worship of morally corrupt leaders, the false notion of racial supremacy, and a sound rejection of the principles that form the core of our Christian faith, are all symptoms of the disease for which Jesus died: Sins! This Resurrection Sunday is the antidote to all the false and misleading notions that have wreaked havoc in our world. Jesus has triumphed over all these things, and by living according to His teachings and principles, we too can have victory. The somber gestures on the faces of the women who came to the Tomb that early morning, was soon turned to joy. Their hope was restored by six words: “He is risen, as He said!” The evil that led Jesus to the cross, could not keep Him in the grave. He was lifted, that we also may rise!
Prayer: Because He lives, may we live also and become like Him.