He is risen!!

Luke 24:4-8

While they were wondering about his, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ” Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you. while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. ‘ ” Then they remembered his words.

Our risen Lord! Because he lives, I can face tomorrow. This is the reason for the hope I have in Christ. By his death on the cross, the punishment for sin is satisfied and by his resurrection we are assured that his act of righteousness is effective. Jesus has really triumphed over death, the curse of sin. The finality of death has been reversed, no longer do we need to fear tyrants and despots, Christ has triumphed even over their last weapon of resort. Now we who are in Christ need not tremble at the prospect of judgement day, our hearts are no longer burdered with the guilt and shame. But because he lives, our despair has been taken away and we are assured that our sins have truly been paid for.

But the fact of the risen Lord is something I sometimes find hard to accept at face value, even the godly women who were at the grave were confused and only an encouter with the angels finally cleared up thier confusion. For now, we have the Holy Spirit who ministers to us, clearing up our confusion about Jesus and forcing us to look plainly at this fact in history: Here is one man who has risen from the grave, triumphing over the greatest injustice of his time. What am I going to do with it? If I am searching for God, then I must listen to his and to the entire stretch of history behind him. If I looking for an answer to my struggle with sin and punishment, I have found my solution and my only response is to worship. Hallelujah!


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moogleBorn and bred in KL, Malaysia. Now studying for his Phd in Singapore. Learning to walk one fall at a time.
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