Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter! It's Resurrection Sunday!

We have a lot to be thankful for!

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has risen!  He has risen, indeed!

The Bible says best what happened on the third (3rd) day.  John 20:1-9 tells us, "Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”  Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead."

As Mary wept, two (2) angels asked her why she was crying.  Mary replied that her Lord had been taken away and she didn't know where to find Him.  She turned and saw a man she thought was a gardener and asked him if he was the person who had taken Jesus' body away.  When He said her name, "Mary...", she realized it was Jesus!

Jesus said to her in verses 17-18, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her."

Later, Jesus came to the disciples and breathed into them the Holy Spirit, letting them know that their sins had been forgiven them.

All Jesus' disciples believed upon Him, with the exception of one who has ever since been named doubting Thomas, the one disciple who had not been with the others when Jesus had been seen.

Eight (8) days later, Jesus revisited the disciples; this time Thomas was with them.   Verses 26-29 tells us, "Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”"

Jesus showed himself many times after this, both to the disciples and to many other people.  Hopefully, He has revealed Himself to you.

If you would like to watch a short video about Jesus' resurrection, please click on this link:

Nothing is more important than salvation. You may have heard me say this before and I'm sure you'll hear me say this many times in the future, that while our lives feel long, in reality our lives are very short here on earth. When we compare our time for life, to time of eternity, which never ends, it is very short.

What happens to us here on earth is truly of no consequence, even though we may feel pain, sorrow and suffer.  Why?  Because eternity is a l-o-n-g time.  It never ends.  God has now completed His plan for salvation for you, with Jesus being resurrected.  Accept it.  Now. 

Trust in Jesus.  He has risen!

Happy Easter!

Until next time...

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