When the disciples recognized the awful truth that Jesus was dead, their hopes were crushed. They had believe their miracle-working Friend was sent by God to establish a kingdom. Yet His body lay in Joseph’s tomb. And their dreams, like Christ, were dead.
Miraculously, the Lord Jesus left His cave-like prison in a glorified body. Hope was revived as His followers realized that their dead leader had become the risen Lord. He was alive!
Sadly, many people today fail to recognize the fact that Christ literally arose from the grave. While living in Manila, my wife and I saw an unusual Good Friday presentation. We watched as a man who portrayed Jesus was strapped to a cross between two others. As the drama unfolded, the man “died.” When he did, the crowds simply turned and walked away. No reference was made to Christ’s resurrection. Easter Sunday was somber. To many of these Filipinos, Christ’s death was the end of the story. They knew of a dead Christ, not of the risen Savior.
The gospel is incomplete without Christ’s resurrection. Consider the impact of that great event on your life and eternal destiny by reading 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. Then list three results that instill hope in your heart. Don’t leave Christ on the cross. – J. David Branon
The Victim of the crucifixion became the Victor in resurrection.
- April 15, 1990, Our Daily Bread