Read: Luke 24:1-12
TOMORROW IS EASTER and today we get to read about the resurrection. I love reading about the resurrection. It brings newness. It brings life. It is at the bedrock of our faith and tomorrow we get to celebrate that.
So often we read past the resurrection story quickly, I know that I am guilty of this. But Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19, “ 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
I don’t know what you think of when you think of the resurrection but what I think of is HOPE. Not hope like “I hope so” but hope like “I know so therefore I have hope.”
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS IS OUR SOURCE OF HOPE.
We all need hope. Whether we are walking with God well or we are struggling. We need hope.
In Luke 23 Jesus has just died. The world groans. The disciples felt hopeless… then opens Luke 24.
“BUT on the first day of the week…” (v.1) - You can sense it. These words are filled with hope.
They went to the tomb and they see an angel there… And he gives them words of hope again… “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you…” (v.6)
They left to go back and tell the others but they struggled to believe… but look at how Peter responds in verse 12… “BUT PETER rose and ran to the tomb…”
Why did Peter run to the resurrection? Why did he run to Jesus? Because needed hope. He had just denied Jesus 3 times. He no doubt felt ashamed. He no doubt felt dirty. He no doubt felt insecure. So, he ran to Jesus. He ran to hope. He ran to life.
That is what we get to do tomorrow. As we gather to worship Jesus... As we celebrate and remember the resurrection… we are running to Him like Peter did - because we need hope. We are dirty without Jesus but with Him we are Holy.
This is the hope we have in the resurrection. See you tomorrow CPC!
How has the truth of Jesus and the resurrection brought hope in your life?
By: Nick Parsons
It gives me hope for the return of Jesus for me, it gives me power to live, it gives me something to believe in.
My risen Lord is the foundation of my life. He is the anchor for my soul in dark and stormy times. Everything is meaningless and futile without Him. But, with Him, I have glorious hope for a better tomorrow and an unimaginable future with Him. "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Ephesians 3:20 NLT
The truth of Jesus and the resurrection is the only thing that makes sense of life. As Peter said to Jesus "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." Having this clarity gives me hope in all things.
HOPE! You couldn’t have said it any better Nick. There is hope in Jesus Christ that is immeasurably better than anything we can get from the world. To give someone hope what a gift?
I love how you point out Peter here. I can't imagine what he was going through, having denied Jesus and then losing Jesus to the cross. I think I would have done the same thing he did. I would have felt so badly, and then would have ran to the tomb. What hope he must have had! Thankful for the resurrection! It means everything to us!