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.” Matt 28:1-7 (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.
Last week we discussed the first blessing the Resurrection brought, and that is, The Pardoning of our sins were Sealed. Today we will speak of the second blessing the Resurrection brought which is “PEACE!”
Many nations around the world are seeking peace with their neighbors. Many nations are in trouble today with internal turmoil, peace seems so far away. Many families are looking for peace but it seems to be nowhere. Many individuals are looking for peace, but can’t seem to find it.
If you have ever lived without peace, you know that having peace is a great blessing. And the Resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantees that the peace of God is ours, and we can have it.
Before His crucifixion Jesus said to His disciples in the upper room, “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you…” (John 14:27, KJV). Then in John 20:19, 21 Jesus repeat those comforting words again on the evening of the first day of the week, when most the disciples were together, with the door closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst of them and said, “Peace be unto you!”
One of the last things Jesus said unto His disciples before His death was “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you!” And the first thing He told them after the Resurrection was “Peace be unto you!”
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and He is not buried in a tomb in Jerusalem. The Prince of Peace is alive. And because He is alive and well we have “the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 7).
Thank you for reading this article today. Meditate on it, and let these words bless you real good. Draw strength from it. I am sure as you do what I recommend you will be filled with this blessing of Peace today!
Word for Today: "Share The Credit"
Ronald Regan was famous for always having a certain sign on his desk, both as governor and as President. It read, “There is no limit as to what we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.” One of the most neglected keys to growing up spiritually is our willingness to share the glory, or give honor where honor is due. In the Book of Proverbs it says, “Let another praise you and not your own mouth.” If you really want to see the blessing unfold before your very eyes, Share the credit, share the glory, and do it publicly.