1. Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb.
2. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it.
3. His face shone like lightening, and his clothing was as white as snow.
4. The guards shook for fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
5. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” He said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
6. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said it would happen. Come, see where His body was lying.
7. And now, go quickly and tell His disciples He has been raised from the dead, and He is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there. Remember, I have told you.” (NLT)
This is Resurrection time! This is the time of year when we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Easter season is one of the most joyous of all festivals that the Church celebrates.
The Resurrection meant new life for Jesus Christ and new life for all believers. Along with the new life, we have become the heirs to the Blessing of Abraham as recorded in Galatians 3:13, 14.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
In this lesson we will look at some of the Blessings that now belong to us because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The first Blessing we discuss is, through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ the pardoning of our sins were sealed. Amen! Let’s take a look at Romans chapter four.
ROMANS 4: 25
25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to make us right with God. (NLT)
Looking at these two Scriptures we can see Jesus paid the price for our redemption and took our place. God can now make available to us a full and complete pardon of our sins. What does pardon means? A pardon is a legal document setting a person free from punishment. It also wipes out the record of past deeds as though they had never happened.
We should be made to pay for our own misdeeds. Instead, Jesus took our sins and the punishment for those sins upon Himself at the Cross. Because of what Jesus did, Our Heavenly Father can now offer us a pardon and wipe out our misdeeds, wipe out our sins, and wipe out our past as though it never existed. Glory to God.
“Happy Resurrection Day”
Word for Today: "Forgiveness"
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23:24) Words are powerful, one of the last words Jesus said while hanging from the cross were words of forgiveness. His words on the cross are a powerful example of how you and I ought to treat those who mistreat us. Can you follow Jesus' example and forgive those who mistreat you?