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Sunday, April 16, 2006

He is risen!

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had played politics and finally gotten rid of Jesus, the person that they saw as a threat to their positions of power in the church and the nation. They didn’t realize that they were accomplishing the plan of God to take salvation and forgiveness out of the hands of men and to make it a direct choice for each person. The person they saw as their troubler now lay dead in a tomb with a large stone over the entrance.

After two of the most confusing and somber nights the disciples had ever spent, the women that had been following Jesus went to the tomb very early on the first day of the week with prepared spices and perfumes to anoint the body. Only while on the way did they remember the stone over the tomb entrance and wondered how they would get it moved. It seems from their actions that they didn’t even know about the tomb being sealed and the guards being placed.

They walked on with good intentions and upon arriving found that the stone had been rolled away and the guards were long gone. They went inside and were very perplexed to find it empty. Suddenly two beings of light appeared that they took to be angels and they astounded them with these words: “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.

My mind can only imagine what they were thinking and saying to each other as they rushed back to tell the others. Could this really be true? Did Jesus really mean those words? Words like: “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” They found out a little later from Jesus Himself that it was true – He had risen from the dead – He was alive!

Then, in the last Book of Scripture He said: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” We have a living Savior and because of His sacrifice, He offers us the choice as to whether or not we will live with Him forever – what will we choose? ec


Blogger Granny said...

Joyous Easter.

4/16/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

God gives us Easter once a year and we hear the story over and over at that once a year.
Then we go on about other things.
Then He gives us Easter again in one year to tell us again.
Let's not have to be reminded over and over, let's remember every day Jesus died for us and He is alive for us.
Thank you for your reminder. May we not forget but be the one who reminds others.

See you, Betty G

4/17/2006 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~ A well told story of
a very old story that is the background of Christian religion.
It is good to read again at Easter.
Darn rabbits and chocolate eggs just
get in the way of the true meaning
of Easter. Thanks for that.
Cheers, Merle.

4/17/2006 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - Thanks, we had a beautiful service on Sunday.

boopchile - After our service we gave an altar call for those to accept Jesus - to the many that came this was the most joyous Easter thus far. Hopefully we all remember that He can be with us every day of the year.

merle - Thanks, we all need a reminder of how important a daily walk with Jesus is. ec

4/17/2006 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

It is remarkable that this story is still being told 2,006 years later....

4/17/2006 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bonita - Yes - and remarkable as to how it still can change a life. ec

4/17/2006 09:49:00 PM  

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