Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
(Matthew 28:6 (NIV))
Looking back at the last several weeks and what the whole world has endured, we need some good news!
There is no better news that we can receive than a heavenly announcement and acknowledgment that Jesus is alive!
When the angels announced that Jesus was not in the tomb, those who followed Jesus probably had been thinking prior to this announcement that their hopes had been shattered at the crucifixion. Can you imagine the joy that these words brought to them? They probably went from a feeling of despair and hopelessness to a feeling of jubilation and a peace that they did not understand.
What type of feelings have you experienced over the last several weeks? Be honest with yourself. Have you focused on the events of this world instead of focusing on God’s promises to those who love Him? If you have focused on God’s promises, I would venture to say that this Resurrection Sunday was probably a unique one as well as a blessed one. We may not have gathered in our church buildings to celebrate, but this reinforces the fact that buildings don’t make the church. People do!
Jesus came into the world to bring salvation to people, to individuals who would place their faith in Him. No matter how many people may be around you, in God’s plan, it doesn’t matter. He can call you in the middle of a large crowd or He can call you in the middle of a desert. If the world tries to keep His people from meeting together, then the Lord can meet with each one of us individually as He sees fit. This can only be done because we have placed our faith in His Son, Jesus, as our personal Lord and Savior. This only matters because of one very important piece of good news!
The grave could not hold Him!
The stone has been rolled away!
He defeated the power of sin and death!
There are many ways to express this absolute truth, but perhaps the one that is best is also the simplest.
Jesus is alive!