Sunday, April 8, 2012

Have we left Him in the tomb?

Today, Easter, we celebrate Jesus our Lord and Savior rising from the dead and conquering Satan. He conquered sin!

"Early on Sunday morning,while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

“Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message." John 20: 1-18

At our house every morning we have "Bible". We all sit down in the living room before we start school and Momma reads to us from the Bible. We usually pick a book of the Bible and read through it a chapter a day. We recently read through the Gospels ( Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Every Gospel tells of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. We would get to His death and burial and the chapter would end. Just like that. It would end with Jesus in the tomb dead. Every time Momma would say, "I just can't leave Him in the tomb!" So, we would read the next chapter, His resurrection from the dead!

My question for you to day is, are we leaving Jesus in the tomb?
Are we living like He is dead?
Do we go through our day like Jesus Christ is right beside us? Or do we live like He is in a tomb?
"Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Jesus is alive! He is working, He is moving, and He is here with us!
"Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me." John 20:29
Jesus has risen from the dead! He has conquered sin, death, and Satan!
Let's live like HE is right here with us, because HE is!
Jesus Christ is Alive!
To God alone be the glory!
Happy Easter!

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