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Today we remember the resurrection of our Lord which happened about 2000 years ago. I wonder what the eleven disciples, the women, and the other disciples experienced during this time? How do you account for such total despair at the crucifixion and 50 days later such joy and boldness when they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost? Can we be as invigorated as they were?
Matthew 26:30-75 (NLT) Peter’s three denials – he was afraid to be connected with Jesus.
Matthew 27:50-61; Luke 24:1-12; Luke 24:35-41 – Events surrounding the women’s response to the crucifixion and resurrection.
Acts 2:1ff – Peter’s sermon at Pentecost. No longer was Peter afraid to be a disciple of Christ but was filled with boldness and power to proclaim the Good News.
Do we have the same level of excitement about the resurrection as the disciples did before and after Pentecost? If not, what would it take for us to get it?
Christ’s resurrection is at the heart of the Gospel. It confirms what Christ taught and that his claim to be the Son of God was true.
His resurrection fulfilled the OT prophecies.
His resurrection opened the door for the entrance of both Jews and Gentiles.
His resurrection is the reason our faith is valid.
His resurrection is the reason people who have died will be raised from the dead. It is the assurance of our own resurrection.
His resurrection makes it possible for us to walk in the newness of life because He has all authority over death and the devil.
His resurrection proves to us that Jesus had a human body and we will as well at the final resurrection.
His resurrection assures us that death is not the end.
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead at Easter. We also celebrate our own personal resurrection from the dead. Our mission is to declare and live the resurrection of Jesus so that others may see and learn to know Him.