Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrection Eggs: Egg Twelve

*This is number twelve of a twelve post series. This is the last egg!*

Egg#12: Empty Tomb

"Jesus's tomb was empty because He rose from the dead!

Read: Matthew 28:5-8

This was a very special time! At the tomb, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw an angel, who told them not to be afraid. He said that no one had taken Jesus's body, but instead He had risen from the dead! The angel told them to go tell the disciples what they had seen, that Jesus was risen. Can you imagine how excited they were? They ran all the way home to tell the disciples the good news!

Now after this, Jesus appeared in person to the disciples and then to more than 500 people. Because Jesus appeared on different occasions to so many people - people who saw Him with their own eyes and even touched Him - we have proof that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-7; John 20:27-28).

As He rose from the dead, Jesus did what no one had ever done before or since. Being both God and man, He overcame sin, death, and hell. So, sin, death and hell no longer have any real power over those who believe in Jesus and have His Spirit leading them. Instead of being slaves to sin and death, Christians, by the power of His Spirit, are free to obey God and do good (Romans 6:17-18). The Bible says in John 8:36, 'So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.'

Like the tomb, our hearts are empty and lifeless without Jesus. But as we repent(turn from sin), believe, and trust in Jesus's death and resurrection, He fills our hearts with life and the Holy Spirit. As we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit helps us obey God by reminding us of what His Word says. God's Spirit never goes against His Word. In fact, when we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit can speak into our lives in powerful ways. Isn't that awesome?

Of course you won't always do the right thing, will you? (1 John 1:5-10.) God's Word makes it clear that when you do sin, you need to confess your sin (admit them to God) and then repent or turn away from these sins. God will forgive you based on Jesus's death on the cross. Always trust God, who through His grace and by His Spirit helps you become more like Jesus.

Now, when you think of the empty tomb, remember that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive. He comes into empty, dead hearts and fills them with His Spirit, giving new life!

Will you allow Him to roll the stone away from your empty heart?"

Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti

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