HAPPY EASTER! JESUS IS ALIVE!

It has been said when you type in all caps you are shouting. "JESUS IS ALIVE!" is something to shout joyfully about!


     "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 
    And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
      His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
      And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 
    And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 
     He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
    And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
     And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 
    And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
     Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me." 

It thrills me to know that Jesus is alive, but also to know that he showed himself to the women first after His resurrection. It just shows God's grace and forgiveness, after all it was the woman who was "deceived and was in the transgression." (1Tim. 2:14) These women not only were privileged to hear the great announcement from the angel, but they also were blessed to be the first on earth to bow and worship the resurrected Christ, and then they were the first to get to tell the good news to the disciples.
  
Speaking of the resurrection, I remembered the following story: 

During the early days of Sam Boyle's ministry in Japan, he hired a translator to assist him in preaching. The only translator Boyle could find was a Japanese man teaching English in a nearby junior high school. The teacher was not a Christian but agreed to translate Boyle's sermons. The relationship worked well through the first few sermons, but hit a snag when the missionary preached on the Resurrection. He proclaimed, "And on the third day Jesus arose from the dead." The translator looked at Boyle and said, "They're never going to believe this." May we never assume the position of this translator, deciding who will and who will not believe the gospel. God's invitation to hear the good news extends to everyone, regardless of how we think they will respond.
* Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 1993, p. 24

Praise the Lord! We “serve a risen Savior. He’s in the world today! I know that he is living whatever men may say!” Rejoice in our resurrected Lord! And share the Good News with someone!

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