Death and Resurrection

Post date: Mar 18, 2013 6:44:13 PM

The angel said to the women at the empty tomb, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” These words terrified the women yet filled them with joy. They left the empty tomb and began to spread the message of the risen Lord.Prior to the first Easter morning, Jesus spoke often of two things: death and resurrection.

We are familiar with death. We have all felt the pain of loosing a loved one to the grips of disease or old age. We have wept at a graveside and said our final goodbyes. It’s never easy. Jesus was aware of death. Yet, Jesus spoke of something much more powerful than death.

Jesus was aware that he would be mocked, flogged, and crucified. Death would be coming. Yet, he also was sure of his resurrection. He would be mocked, flogged, and crucified – but on the third day he would be raised to life. It’s in the context of death that we find resurrection. This is the joy found in Easter.

Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23).” This early message to the original disciples is the same message spoken to us today. Jesus grants us the opportunity to unite with him in death and resurrection. We have the opportunity to die to self and live with Christ. Every person living will experience death. Only those who live with Christ will experience death and resurrection. In Christ we can sing with the prophets and the Apostle Paul, “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

As we approach Easter, let us grab hold of the joy of Easter. Even in the midst of a world full of death, violence, sadness, pain and disappoint we can realize the power of resurrection.

Jesus on the throne in Heaven screams, “I am making all things new!”

The Apostle Paul knowing the power of Christ screams, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Death and resurrection is a hard concept for us comprehend since we are surrounded by so much death. Yet, let me encourage you to seek the joy of resurrection. True resurrection is only found in Christ. Thus, we cling to Easter. It is the center of our faith.

I invite you to celebrate Easter with First Baptist. We have a few events planned to help you seek the joy of the resurrection. Don’t miss out and don’t miss out on the opportunity to invite someone to celebrate with you. Please look inside the newsletter for more information.

Go and be a blessing,

Pastor Jeff Gravens