Welcome back, friend! It was Good Friday just a couple of days ago, and you can see my post about it here if you missed it. Now it’s Easter Sunday, which doesn’t just mean Easter egg hunts and chocolate (though chocolate is good); it means a day of celebration! Let’s talk about it.
Picking Up Where We Left Off
On Friday, I left you with the message of the crucifixion and how Jesus died for you. I tried to explain in a way that would move your heart, and I hope it did, but the story isn’t over yet.
First off, read John 20:1-29. Then reflect and pray about it for a few minutes. When you’ve done that, come back here.
Jesus Is Risen!
As you hopefully just read, Jesus rose from the grave! He not only saved you by living a sinless life and dying for you; he also didn’t stay dead. He defeated sin and death so that we could be with Him!
Imagine Mary coming to that tomb, crying when she realized Jesus’s body wasn’t there, and then seeing angels.
When the angels inform Mary that Jesus isn’t there, she turns and sees who she supposes is the gardener. But when Jesus says her name, she recognizes Him and runs to Him.
Do we run to Jesus in tears as Mary did? Do we realize the true meaning of what happened? Jesus, the person everybody thought was dead, the person so many people were devoted to, was alive! And to prove His life, He appeared to His disciples and many other people. We should run to Him in joy and thankfulness, He saved us from eternal separation from God!
When Jesus first appeared to the disciples, Thomas wasn’t present (verse 24). Later, the disciples told him what happened and Thomas didn’t believe them. It was a crazy story– Jesus back from the dead?
When Jesus appears to Thomas later, He shows His scars on His hands and on His side. He lets Thomas touch Him to see that He isn’t a ghost.
In verse 29, Jesus points out that Thomas believed because he saw that Jesus was alive, and He says:
Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’John 20:29
Seeing And Believing
We can’t see Jesus in the flesh as Thomas did, but we have many eyewitness accounts in the Bible. In the Gospels, we see Jesus’s story, told in different styles and in different ways, but all pointing to Jesus.
We can trust the whole Bible and what it says, and that’s what makes it so important and precious.
The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses that report supernatural events that happened in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that their writings are Divine in origin.Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham lays it all out in this video here.
We may not be able to touch and see Jesus as Thomas did, but we have everything we need to believe.
Praise The Lord
Today marks a very special day, a day of celebration. We should be so happy and grateful that Jesus saved us and that He is alive! I encourage you to spend a few minutes praying and praising God today.
Here are a few worship songs to sing and reflect on either by yourself or with your family:
Don’t worry, I may have given you a bonus article today, but I will still be posting this Friday! I mentioned how precious the Bible is in my post today, but you may be wondering how to go about reading it and studying it. On Friday I’ll be posting a special book review on a book that will tell you how to do just that!
Thank you for joining me today for this special Easter article, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family! If you want prayer or encouragement, don’t hesitate to contact me through the blog. Please also consider signing up for my email list so that you get a monthly update from me and my blog!
Have a blessed day,