The stone is rolled away and the grave was empty! Jesus lives! Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
What a remarkable day we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday! We had a wonderful worship yesterday blessed by fellowship with friends and family. And what a beautiful day it was to enjoy. The sun came up just as we began Sunrise worship.
During my earlier years I missed somehow that Jesus arose and walked and talked to the Disciples for many days following his resurrection. It is a fact that touches my heart deeply as I have studied all of the people who experienced our risen Lord. What a blessing to listen to and walk with, and even touch the risen Savior! To have the chance to see the fulfillment of prophecy in real life! To learn and begin to understand all that Jesus had spoken of before his crucifixion!
Paul summarizes: "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born" (1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NIV).
We can look forward to the day when Jesus will return for us but we must walk hand in hand with Him now, believing in our salvation, accepting His forgiveness, and living a life that is true to Jesus' teachings. May the joy of the resurrection fill your heart and mind for the weeks ahead.