“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He is Risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell the disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’” – Mark 16:6-7
Jesus made it very clear to everyone that He would not stay in the grave, but would rise. He spoke of this when He talked about rebuilding the temple in three days. Yet, they were still shocked to find that He was not in the grave, that He had risen. But even then some still doubted until Christ appeared to them.
I serve a risen savior, I serve a risen savior. Why am I so surprised at this? Why is it I think He isn’t watching over me sometimes or I can elude Him sometimes? It is because I forget, He is risen! I have to remember this each and every day. My Jesus does not have shifts or times that He takes vacation, no He is ever present in my life.
This is of great encouragement to me, because it means in the tough times, Jesus is there and still risen. He will fight for me and bring me out of the miry clay. He will set me on my feet, He will never fail me or forsake me. That is what it means to serve a risen savior.
As I take communion each week and proclaim His death until His return, it is a reminder that He is risen, that He is not in the grave. I have to remember that communion is a celebration of His sacrifice, not a funeral as if He still remains in the grave. No, my Jesus lives and I know He lives because of all that He has done for me in spite of myself.
I love the hold Hymn, “He Lives,” at the end of the chorus it says, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” Such a great reminder and great truth, Jesus is risen and has conquered both sin and death so that I may never fear again. He has taken care of the hard stuff, so I can go out and tell people the Good News.
Today, as you have a quiet moment, talk to your Risen Savior. If you don’t know Him, what a great time to find out who He is. But if you do, won’t you just talk with Him today, let’s remind ourselves that the Savior lives and is at the right hand of God. He has sent us the Spirit to live within us. Let’s us rejoice and spread the Good News of a risen Savior.