Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Jesus Has Risen
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
(Matthew 27:1 – 28:10 (NIV))
When the weight of your sin comes crashing in. Jesus is alive!
When you feel that you have no place to turn for help. Jesus is alive!
When you feel that you have lost all hope. Jesus is alive!
When you feel that you are completely lost in a sinful, fallen world. Jesus is alive!
When you turn your eyes to heaven and call upon His Name. Jesus is alive!
When He embraces you in His arms. Jesus is alive!
When He wipes away your tears. Jesus is alive!
When He whispers, “You are loved!” Jesus is alive!
In today’s world, we face many things that just don’t make sense. Through all that we face, we must remember that we have a risen Savior who is going to return soon and take us to be with Him to the place that He has prepared for us. We have the greatest hope in the world, for Jesus is alive!