Sunday, April 4, 2010

Death in vain forbid Him rise! Allelujah!

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." - Luke 24:1-7

Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." - John 20:26-29

About 2,000 years ago, Jesus died for every individual on earth; those who had lived, those who lived then and those who would live. He paid for every sin ever committed or ever to be committed so that we could be blameless in the sight of a Holy and Just God. How can we even fathom such a Love, that would die for the sins of those who screamed wildly "Crucify Him!"? He died for the soldiers who beat Him, mocked Him and nailed His healing hands to that tree. And he died for the crowd standing under His cross screaming and yelling at Him. I know He saw my face, twisted in sin, insulting Him. And yet, He died for me.

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." -Romans 5:6-9

And on the third day, He rose from the grave, victorious over death and sin. Now He sits at the right hand of God, waiting for the day when He will come back for His redeemed Bride. My Lord lives; He is risen, indeed! Glory to God, praise His name!


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