Encouragement for your daily walk with God
It was a dark day. Not only was the brightness of the sun hidden from view, but also it appeared that spiritual darkness prevailed. Having been crucified, and completely dead, they took the body of Jesus and put it in a cave tomb. A large stone was set at the mouth of the cave, and a Roman guard was posted in front of it. They did not want that corpse to leave that grave.
He wasn’t coming out, they thought. Little did they know! But, you know the story. At Easter, we don’t memorialize a martyr, we celebrate a risen Savior!
We have four Gospels — historical documents, and there are plenty more! — that recorded His resurrection. Later, through the pen of the Apostle Paul, we learn that Jesus showed Himself alive to specific people, and to groups of up to 500 at one gathering. Can you imagine seeing someone walking down the street that you saw buried just three days before? Amazing!
Mockers at the cross asked, “If You’re God’s Son, prove it. Remove Yourself from the cross. That will show us if You’re really His Son or not.”
Indeed, He could have. But he had something even more spectacular planned. “I’ll show you that I am the Son of God. Not by merely coming down from the cross. I’m going to let you bury me for three days, then I’m coming out. You want proof? I’ll give you undeniable proof. I will rise from the dead in three days!”
They mocked. He did. And we are still celebrating it today!
The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David’s family line, and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 1.3-4 (New Living Translation, 2nd Edition)