He is Risen (Matthew 28:6)
Matthew 28:6, He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Over 500 people saw Jesus after the resurrection and before His ascension up to heaven. These people were so impacted by seeing a living Saviour with their own eyes that they were willing to die before they denied it. The passion they lived with for Jesus helped change the world. May the reality of Jesus resurrection cause you to burn with passion and purpose. May you have the boldness to suffer with Him before you ever deny Him!
Jesus endured horrendous torture and an excruciatingly, painful death that we might have eternal life with Him. Remember that the next time you feel the pressure to give up, cave in, or quit. Jesus faced death on the cross and God was still God, He was still on the throne, and He still had all power. Remember that the next time you are facing a challenge.
The fact that you will face tribulation in this world does not lessen the power of God in any way. It should actually motivate you to tap into it with your faith. The devil lost the day Jesus gave up the ghost. The foolish devil thought he was destroying Jesus, but he actually helped give Jesus the ultimate victory. When the first drop of Jesus’ blood hit the ground it sealed Satan’s fate forever.
No matter what you are facing this morning, you have to remember that God is still God. He is still on the throne. The Lord God omnipotent reigns. He still loves you unconditionally. Knowing this, you know that you will overcome, because Jesus already overcame for you!
What impact does the Resurrection of Jesus do for us today? No matter how dead your dreams, your goals, your marriage, your relationships, your career, etc., may seem, know that through Christ you can rebound! Jesus was dead, but He arose again. What dead issue needs to be resurrected in your life? Whatever it is, take it to God in prayer, do or say whatever He leads you to do or say, and watch Him turn your hopeless situation around.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You this morning for Jesus! May I never cease to give You the praise for what Jesus did for me. He willingly endured the pain of the cross for me. Jesus took my place on Calvary. No matter what I face, I know that You are still God and I still have a purpose. I honor Jesus’ sacrifice today and everyday by becoming a conduit of His light and His love to others. In Jesus name, Amen!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.