Words from the Heart for Sunday April 16th, 2017
The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying.”
Matthew 28:5-6 (NIRV)
He Has Risen!
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! The followers of Jesus arrived to the garden tomb. The stone was rolled away. They were the first to hear the startling news: He is not here! He has risen! What Jesus had told them before really did take place. The resurrection is a miracle. We serve a Risen Saviour! He is alive today!
Peter Wald of Hamilton, Ontario died in 2013, and for six months his family kept his body in a sealed room, praying for his resurrection. His wife was charged, but claimed she didn’t know that what she had done was illegal. According to Mrs. Wald, “We honestly were unaware that laws existed against this, and did not even expect the situation to go as far as it did,” Kaling Wald said in an email to the National Post, two days after she pled guilty to failing to notify authorities of her husband’s death. “When Peter passed away we took all the necessary precautions for the safety of the family,” she said. “The children and I continued to live our normal lives, holding onto our faith and trusting in the Lord.”
What do you think are the three most thrilling words in the world? Well, certainly “I love you” would be at the top of the list.” Or “you were missed” or “you are hired.” But for the Christian, the three best words in the world are found in Matthew 28:5-6: “The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying.” Did you hear the three words? “He is risen!” I don’t think there are three words that have had more of an impact on the world than these three. Jesus, who was dead, is now alive. Never again will death hold its power over those who have come to Jesus in faith. The resurrection of Jesus is the guarantee that the rest of His followers will experience resurrection, and not just in the future. The Bible tells us that the same power that brought Jesus back from the dead is available in our lives today so that we can live a life of victory. Jesus is alive and because He is, by faith he takes up residence in each of His followers and empowers us to live a life of spiritual victory. Because of His resurrection we have the assurance that we have His indwelling presence in this life and an eternity with Him!
These have been words from the heart.