“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying” (Matt. 28:6). So, began Friday’s post from my friend, Roger Shouse, quoting the Angelic messenger at Jesus’ empty tomb.
After observing 5 facts from this verse, Roger reminds us of the practical, life-changing implications of the empty tomb that not only makes every day bearable but makes it a blessing. A reason for living
“Because He lives, we can face anything that this day can throw at us. Bad days. Long days. Tough days at work. Stressful days at home. Tired. Weary.”
“So much to get done. Pulled in so many directions. Yet, there comes an inner strength that propels us through. It’s not us. It’s not some inner power that we manifest. It’s knowing that the tomb was empty. It’s knowing that He lives. It’s knowing that He reigns. It’s knowing that someday all of this will be worth it.”
“So, you keep shining your light. You keep shaking the salt. You keep raising those kids. You keep honoring God. You keep worshiping Him. You keep walking close to the Lord.”
“You remain pure in an impure world. You keep serving when others are selfish. You are generous when others are tightwads. You forgive when others want revenge. You put others first, rather than self. All of these things you do. This has now become you who are.”
“Why do you do these things? Because of an empty tomb. Because He lives.”
“Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. And, we face tomorrow with a smile on our face. Tomorrow may bring heartache and hardships. Tomorrow may take us through seasons of death. Tomorrow is unknown. But we know who is already in tomorrow, and that is the Lord.”
“We know that because He lives, we will live. We know that because He is in Heaven, we can be in Heaven. We know that no matter how terrible things become, they won’t last. Jesus lasts. Heaven lasts. Eternity lasts”
“Come and see. Come and know. Come and be convinced. Come and believe. The future is not uncertain. The outcome does not remain to be seen. We know. Because He lives, all things will be right.”
Thanks, Roger, for those inspiring words.
Now, don’t you feel stronger, motivated, and better equipped to live for Jesus, because He lives.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman