EASTER: THE RESURRECTION
The last part of Easter is the resurrection. After Jesus willingly sacrificed His own life on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin, He rose from the dead on the third day (Acts 1:3). And after forty days, Jesus ascended back to Heaven (Acts 1:9). He is now sitting on the right hand of the Father, making intercessions (prayers) on our behalf (Romans 8:34). Before Jesus went back to Heaven, He did not want us to be walking alone in our new life in Him, so He asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, and guide us through this life (John 14:16-17) while we are waiting for the day when He will take us to be with Him forever (John 14:28).
Through Jesus' resurrection, we know that our God is alive. We do not have a God that is dead but alive who is active in our lives. Jesus is the only God that came back to life. The founders of this world's religions have died and gone, but our Lord Jesus Christ is alive. We pray in the name of Jesus because He can hear and answers our prayers according to His purpose and plan in our lives. John 16:23 says, "In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you." Jesus loves us so much that He promised that He would come back for us. He said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (John 14:1-3).
When we are tired, overwhelmed, and going through difficult situations, we need to look up to Jesus because He is alive and always there for us. When we feel alone, and no one can understand what we are going through, Jesus will always be there on our side, strengthening, comforting, and fighting for us. The God who died for our sin is the same God who will sustain us in this life. He will never give up on us.
Ask yourself these questions: Do I believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Since Jesus is alive, How does that affect my life today?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, I am so thankful that my Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead because through His resurrection, I have hope. I am blessed to know that I am not alone in this world. Thank you, Jesus, for always being there for me and never giving up on me. Please help me to continue to trust you and obey you. In your name, I pray. Amen.