Jay's eDevotionals  

Apr 1

He Has Risen!

A few days ago I stood in the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.
 
The vacant grave stands adjacent to an outcropping of rocks that resembles a skull by the Jerusalem bus station. The tomb is open and empty. Written on the side of the ancient grave is the proclamation of the angels:  “He is not here. He has risen!”
 
The resurrection validates all of the claims of Jesus of Nazareth. Because His tomb is empty our lives can be full of His resurrection presence, purpose and power.
 
Easter crowns our calendar. The validity of the resurrection split time into BC and AD. Can you imagine facing the fears of death and the daily grind of life without the reality of Christ’s resurrection. So let us proclaim along with the angels the ultimate good news that He has risen out of the tomb and now resides in our hearts!
 
Sam Shoemaker was the great preacher at Calvary Episcopal Church of New York City in the early 20th century. He was famous for his booming voice. Unfortunately, muscular atrophy diminished his mighty vocal mechanism to a whisper. On one of his last Easter Sundays on planet Earth, Sam instructed, “It is a terrible thing to wake up on Easter morning and not have a voice to shout that He is risen. However, it is even more terrible to wake up with a voice and not want to shout it.”

The tomb is empty and our lives are full of His presence, promise, purpose, perspective, power and peace. Share that good news with everyone this Easter and EVERYDAY by joining the angels and announcing, “Jesus has risen from the dead, just as He said. Come and see then go and tell!”  (Matthew 28:6)

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