April 1, Easter Sunday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Matthew 28:1-7

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead….

The dawning of the first day of this particular week was a spectacular day, because it followed the death of Jesus. The old things have passed and new has come (1 Cor. 5:17), as Jesus’ body was not in the tomb.  When Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, arrived at the tomb to endow spices upon the Lord’s body, an angel tells them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said…” (v.6). Then he instructs them to go quickly to tell the disciples that He is risen! Jesus had resurrected as promised.

This is glorious news, because the power of His resurrection also privileges us today. It has given us a new life through Him, as well as granting us access to the power of the living risen Christ! What does this mean?  For one, the penalty of sin has been completely paid, and we are no longer slaves to its power (Rom. 6:14).  We can overcome sin and temptation and choose to  live out of the Spirit of God in us.  Jesus has deemed powerless sin’s power by taking on all of its effects on the cross and making us the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). We are on the winning side.  Secondly, the resurrection power of Christ overcame death and death will no longer have any sting on us (1 Cor. 15:55). Eternal life is a promise that we are beholding even now—not only when we die. This means that we ought to live everyday from an eternal perspective.

Finally, Christ’s resurrection has given us access to its very power to carry out the Great Commission and the work of God, which has been prepared for us to do in advance. Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” We are now able to partner with the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of God in the same way that Jesus did: preaching the gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons (Luke 9:2; Matt. 10:8). We are able to do this because the very Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us (Rom. 8:11).

These are privileges we have inherited because of our Savior’s victory over the grave, and when we access its presence in us, our lives will testify that Jesus has indeed risen!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the finished work of Christ on the cross! Thank You that this is truly the good news, and its power of resurrection has been made alive in me. Please help me to not keep it to myself but allow its power to be activated in my life by sharing with others that the Lord has risen. Thank you!  Amen.

Bible Reading for today:  Ephesians 1

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