Monday, April 25, 2011

After the Resurrection - Day 1

Be Still:  Dear Father, thank you for the Gospels and their accounts of Jesus’ resurrection.  May we share the stories of our risen Lord with others.  In the name of our risen Savior, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  Luke 24:1-12
1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"  8Then they remembered his words.
9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Be Stretched:  In Luke’s account of the Resurrection, the women remembered Jesus’ words after the angels remind them.  Have you ever remembered something in this way?  This is why re-reading and re-telling the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is so important.  Help someone remember today by reading to them of God’s glory as revealed in His Word.  Ask the Holy Spirit to unveil your eyes so the women’s words do not seem like ‘nonsense’, that you may believe the Resurrection.

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