Devotional for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Youth Pastor Jeff Hughes, EBCWF
Today is Easter Sunday! Rejoice, for our Savior Jesus Christ has risen and is alive!
It seems a bit surreal not being in our church building celebrating as a family today, but, as we’ve said before, a building is just a building. We are the church! Our building doesn’t define who we are. Jesus Christ defines who we are! We do not need a building to spread the love, forgiveness, and salvation of Jesus. Think of it this way, and yes, it is a cheesy Elvis reference, but the church has left the building. God has placed us directly in the mission field where we are called to be! We may not have a cure for the coronavirus but what we have is better! We have the key to eternal life through the death and resurrection and Jesus Christ! So, I’ll say it again. Rejoice, for our Savior has risen and is alive!
Matthew 28:1-7 says this:
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went 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 and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
The stone was not rolled away so Jesus could get out, but so others could see that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as he promised.
The angel who announced the good news of the Resurrection to the women gave them four messages:
• “Do not be afraid” – The Resurrection brings joy, not fear.
• “He is not here, for he has risen” – Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive, with his people.
• “Come, see” – The women could check the evidence themselves. The tomb was empty then and it is empty today! The Resurrection is a historical fact.
• “Go quickly and tell” – They were to spread the joy of the Resurrection. We, too, have been given that same command.
The Resurrection is the key to our faith! Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead. Therefore, we can be confident that he will accomplish and keep all of his other promises. Jesus’ bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is ruler of God’s eternal Kingdom, not a false prophet or idea. We can be certain of our resurrection because he was resurrected. Death is not the end – there is future life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us through him. The Resurrection is the basis for our witness to the world. We do not merely tell lessons or stories from the life of a good teacher; we proclaim the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! He is more than just a human leader; he is the Son of God.
Jesus lived the life that we couldn’t live and died the death that we all deserved. Three days later, he overcame that death so that we may live. The Good News of the Resurrection is too important for us to keep it to ourselves. It means too much – souls are at stake. Let’s get to work in our mission fields!
If you are reading this and you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, let today be the day. What a better day than Easter Sunday to ask him into your heart and accept his gifts of forgiveness and eternal life?
Rejoice, for our Savior Jesus Christ has risen and is alive!