08 Apr From Horror to Hope: The Story of the Resurrection
There once was a day long ago when the earth shook and the rocks fell apart. The tombs were opened, and many Godly men and women who had died appeared. I know, I know, this sounds like a horror story, but it truly is in fact a story of hope. Jesus was ridiculed, mocked, and crucified, and on the day of His death, graves opened; on the day of His resurrection, His tomb did as well.
In the Book of John 11:25, Jesus states that “I am the resurrection and the life,” and the evidence of these facts will be found in the details of this story. To be resurrected is “the action or fact of resurrecting” or to be resurrected. This is exactly what Jesus did when He called Lazarus from the tomb, and this is exactly what took place when He was resurrected. One might expect to find horror at the cemetery, and not hope; but hope – and not hopelessness – was exactly what these women found when they went to look for Jesus at the tomb.
Early one Sunday morning, “as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.”
“Suddenly there was another great earthquake, and the angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The tomb guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a deep sleep.” The angel then said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said He would! Come, see where His body laid, and remember what I have told you, for you will see Him in Galilee.”
You may be frightened and afraid because the message and task seems bigger than you, but God wants to do something new in your life. Why not let Him use you? Conquer, arise, and awaken, because He has chosen you. He has been resurrected, and all that you could ever hope for has too.