April 21, 2019, is designated as Resurrection Sunday. On this day, Christians all over the world commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, despite what the critics say, Jesus’ resurrection was not a myth. He has risen, and the tomb is empty.
After more than two thousand years, scientists have yet to unearth any remains that they have verified as that of the crucified Christ.
That the tomb is empty speaks volume. It means Jesus has risen from the dead and the Christian faith is on solid rock. Hence, the argument that the disciples stole the body is hogwash.
Besides, John, the disciple whom Jesus loved was the only one who witnesses the crucifixion. The rest went into hiding. Furthermore, the Romans had doubled the security around the tomb. Plus, they placed a large stone at the entrance of the tomb.
Matthew 28 New King James Version (NKJV)
He Is Risen
28 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone [a]from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; th
ere you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy andgrant to bring
His disciples’ word.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if people would walk up to us and say I see Jesus in you? I believe that is how Jesus wants us to live our lives.
The woman whom Jesus met at Jacob’s well was so impressed with him that she could not compose herself. She ran around telling everybody she met the following:
John 4:29 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
It may seem impossible for a human being who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity to be like Christ. But it is not beyond our reach. Jesus expects us to do what he did and even greater.
John 14:12 New Living Translation (NLT)Bible Gateway
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, …
Jesus wants us to continue the work he started. But we cannot do it on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
Therefore, if we gave the Holy Spirit a suitable place to dwell, he will make our impossibilities possible.
Sometimes we get carried away with the accolades and titles which the world bestowed upon us that we forget to tell God thanks for all he has done. He has pulled many of us out of mire clay, others from sinking sands. Let’s show Him our love and gratitude by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.
King of my life, I crown Thee now,James E. Hussey, 1921
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary. Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me
Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.