Although CO-VID-19 may have hijacked the way we usually celebrate Resurrection Sunday this year, the truth remains, Jesus is alive! Nothing. Absolutely nothing can change that most glorious fact. Amen?
In the story of Jesus’ arrest, we read Peter denied he ever knew Jesus. Not just once, but three times. The exact number of times Jesus predicted.
In the Resurrection account recorded in Mark, specific mention is made that Peter be told the Good News. Jesus is alive. That glorious information was not to be kept from the apostle. Peter needed to know Christ rose from the dead. Peter needed to know Jesus was alive. Peter needed to know Jesus wanted to include Peter in Jesus’ story.
Maybe we’ve been like Peter. One way or another, we’ve denied we knew Jesus. Maybe it happened through our careless words or thoughtless actions. Maybe we hid our light under a bushel when given opportunities to represent Christ in this dark world.
But you know what?
Jesus loves each of us. He really does. He loves us so much he willingly paid the price for our sins so we wouldn’t have to. He took the nails and sadistic lashes we deserved. Jesus took the punishment and wrath of God that was headed our way upon his perfect, sinless self.
He did that for you. He did that for me. All so we could be included in Christ’s story of Good News. Jesus is alive!
Jesus is not the Great I was. Jesus is the Great I AM.
Even after Peter’s denial, Jesus invited Peter to eat some grilled fish by the seashore before his ascension into heaven.
We may not be invited to eat fish with Jesus by the seashore, but he invites all who name him as their LORD and Savior to come to the table set in his presence.
The question for us is, what are we going to do about it?
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The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased embalming spices.
Early the following morning, just at sunrise, they carried them out to the tomb. On the way they were discussing how they could ever roll aside the huge stone from the entrance.
But when they arrived they looked up and saw that the stone—a very heavy one—was already moved away and the entrance was open! So they entered the tomb—and there on the right sat a young man clothed in white. The women were startled, but the angel said, “Don’t be so surprised. Aren’t you looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified? He isn’t here! He has come back to life! Look, that’s where his body was lying. Now go and give this message to his disciples including Peter:
“‘Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!’” Mark 16:1-7 (TLB)
He Is Alive!
©Frances Gregory Pasch
“Where has he gone?” the people asked.
“Who rolled the stone away?”
Most shook their heads in disbelief
And knew not what to say.
“Could this have been the Son of God?
Could all he said be true?”
Then angel smiled, “don’t be afraid
He’s gone ahead of you.
He is alive! He conquered sin!
He’s risen from the dead!
He’s on His way to Galilee,
Exactly as He said.”
How blessed we are to have a God
Who reaches out with grace
And promises if we’ll believe,
We’ll see Him face to face.
I wish you well.
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