RESURRECTED TO RETURN!
This weekend the world acknowledges the ultimate act of love displayed on Calvary. The true and living God surrendered His life to the nailing of a cross, and the sins of the world. At times we miss the point of Resurrection Sunday, we focus on the sacrificial act and not the reason the world needed it. The pious and religious leaders of today often remind us of the glaring contrast between holiness and the sinful state that surrounds us. If we’re truthful, we are not far off from the days of Noah, from the pride and rebellion of Sodom and Gomorrah. What lies between the devasting acts of man that caused a flood, or fire raining down from heaven, are the nuances of unbelief and defiance.
Yahweh was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.
There’s a slow and silent death going on in the world today. No question that sin runs rampant and there is a new uprising of bold disrespect for God and His Bride. We can see it all over the media, we can hear it in our conversations with believers and unbelievers alike. The efforts to behold truth dissipates with every demonic avenue of entertainment, subliminal messaging in political views, and religious leaders cloaked in righteousness with wicked hearts. It’s getting harder to tell the truth. Truth today is up for grabs, twisted and soured to accommodate the person telling the story. His truth, her truth, all making it easier for the Truth of Calvary to be a mere suggestion instead of an absolution.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
The empty tomb signifies the continuation of the greatest love story ever told. It reveals a power that conquered death, hell, and the grave. Holy Spirit, our comforter, had risen Jesus from the dead, who now abides within us. This is how we conquer, how we spread the story of Calvary to a dying world that rejects Jesus at every turn. We are washed by His blood, surrendered to the cross we must bear, and as kingdom citizens, created to rule until Jesus returns. Resurrection day should invigorate us, the ultimate reminder of our place in the divine plan and purpose of God. It’s all about Him! We stand as His witnesses, vessels filled with love, power, and wealth.
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 1And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11
As the darkest hours passed with Jesus hanging there, body broken and beginning to shut down, heaven never gave up. It was prophesied long before His birth in a manger, the King of Glory would take our place to redeem the world back to the Father. Every wound and every drop of blood accounted for, never misplaced, never overlooked. God always knew this would take place. This act of sacrifice is strong enough to reach this dying world, although it seems to be getting worse as sin infiltrates every crevice we don’t have to worry. Jesus died for that too; the hidden sins, the false teachers, and the perversion of righteousness. He is bigger than any secret agenda, more powerful than any moves the enemy has planned, and more loving than our hearts or minds could ever imagine. As we witness the downfall of humanity, let’s be the followers of Christ who convert nonbelievers through the power of our actions not just our words. When these times seem too heavy to endure, let’s remember that empty tomb that declares the absolution of our faith!