April 1: He Is Risen! He Is Risen, Indeed!
Today is the day! Today is the final day of our 21-day Journey to the Cross. But it really should have been called our Journey to the Empty Tomb. Because when the women got to the tomb early on Sunday morning, it was empty! They had come with more spices for His body, hoping to do a better job with his burial since they had been so rushed on Friday. As they made their way to the tomb, they wondered who would move the massive stone for them. But when they got there, to their happy shock, the tomb was standing open, completely and utterly empty except for the grave clothes they themselves had placed on Jesus. And then there were angels! “He is not here!” they said. “He is risen, just as He said!”
Hallelujah, glory! He IS risen! We do not serve a dead Savior, or even a spirit residing in the heavenly realms. We serve, worship and adore the Living Lord, The One who conquered death and the grave. He is alive!
And not only is He alive, but the same power that brought Him back to life is at work in the hearts of all who believe. If you are a Christ-follower, you have resurrection power flowing through your life. Paul put it this way to the Roman church: “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11, NLT) And to the church at Ephesus, he writes, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 1:19b-20, NLT)
Jesus died so that you could live! Not only for eternity in heaven with Him – but right here, right now, in this life. He came to give you the power to fight sin. Break that bad habit. Forgive that abuser. That racist. That ex-spouse, former boss or estranged sibling. You have that power at work in you! All you need to do is access it. By prayer. By reading the Word. By worshipping, connecting, growing, serving and sharing the good news.
Jesus did not die to make you a good person. He died so that He could radically transform your life from the inside out. And He rose so that He could prove to you that He has the power necessary to do it. Will you let Him?
Adoration: Praise God, He is risen! Pray back to Him Ephesians 1:6-8: “So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”
Confession: Tell God about any area of your life where you need to see His resurrection power make a change. Ask Him to begin the change in you first, no matter what it is: thought pattern, action, attitude or something else.
Thanksgiving: Thank Him for South Potomac Church and the chance to gather this morning to celebrate Christ’s resurrection!
Supplication: Pray throughout the services and the rest of the day that the gospel would sink deeply into the hearts of those who are unsaved. Pray that they would turn to Jesus even today.