Good evening everyone. It has been a long day of travel for our family as we have finally made our way back home from spending a week in Orlando with Mickey and all of his friends. The traffic on the way down last week and coming back today was horrible. It’s as if someone left the gate open at the farm and all of the cows have gotten out. But I am very thankful that we all made it back home safe and have once again made many memories that will last for a lifetime. I am so very blessed. God has been so good to me.
I hope this post finds you well and excited about celebrating the resurrection of our Lord tomorrow. I know many folks will be attending sunrise services while others will be going to church dressed to kill. Many that show up tomorrow will not be back in church until Christmas, maybe. Sad but true. But as I have contemplated this week the fact that Jesus really did arise after three days, I have been nagged by a thought that I just can’t seem to shake.
Most of us are familiar with several passages of scripture where Jesus mentions His coming death, burial and resurrection. In Mark chapter 10 and Luke chapter 18 Jesus is talking with His disciples about these upcoming events but He refers to Himself as a temple that will be destroyed then raised back up three days later. The Bible tells us that the disciples did not fully understand what He was talking about. In John chapter 2 He speaks to the jews immediately after turning over the moneychanger’s table’s and running them out of the temple. He also uses the example of the temple being destroyed and then raised again to refer to Himself but they also have no idea what He is talking about. However, we understand that He was talking about His death, burial and His bodily resurrection because we have the scriptures that covers in detail those very events. But as we look at some of the scriptures surrounding these events I would like to focus on something a little different.
When the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus they found that the stone had been rolled away and He was gone. God had sent an angel from heaven to roll the stone away and the angel was sitting on it. The guards were so scared that they apparently fainted and were apparently unconscious. The angel then spoke to the women with the following words found in Matthew 28:5-6. “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen.” This is usually what we hear read or spoken but there is more to what the angel said. The next four words are what have really been working on my heart and mind because they are so true and powerful. “Just as He said.” When I read this passage this time those four words just flew off the pages into my mind and with a booming voice shouting “When Jesus says it, it will happen.” In other words, the promises of God found in the Bible will always be kept. God never makes a promise that He doesn’t keep and what a promise it was when Jesus said that He would rise again. If that promise had not been kept our faith would be of little value because Christianity would be no different that any other world religion. But praise God, He did arise just like He said He would. And that my friends is the Easter Promise I’m talking about. Can I get a witness?