I don’t know about you, but . . . I don’t remember many sermons a day after hearing them, let alone years down the track. It isn’t that they aren’t good; it’s just that by the end of the sermon I’ve usually gone down a dog’s trail. This is good, because the pastor’s words are stimulating me to search out new truths and connections.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that I don’t remember many so it makes the one I want to share with you unique. It was an Easter morning service at my brother’s church. We had been up at the crack of dawn (perhaps why my brain wasn’t able to go down a dog trail?), and he focused on a Scripture from Mark:
And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Mark 16:8
Three women run away from an empty tomb, and they were terrified. This is where some of the manuscripts of Mark end.
The pastor made a very good point: A dead Saviour, an empty tomb, and three women who ran away scared and told no one? Not much to pin our hope of resurrection on! UNLESS!
Unless . . . we experience that same resurrection power in our lives. When we accept Christ’s sacrifice and take Him to be our Lord, then we too receive resurrection from death. We are made alive in Him. Whenever doubts come upon us, we can look to the empty cross, but we can also look back to the life He’s brought within us.
What did He free you from? Anger, hate, bitterness, jealousy, sexual immorality, a manipulative heart, healing from abuse, fear of action, fear of man, judgement of others . . . ?
God is a redemptive God. He resurrects what is dead within mankind.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world . . . But God, being rich in mercy . . . made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:1-6
Let us this day, and everyday, celebrate our resurrected Lord and the life we have in Him.
And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. Acts 13:29-31
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39