Verse of the Day: Happy Resurrection Day!

April 8, 2007

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1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:1-7 (NKJV)

4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

Romans 1:4-5 (NLT)

Happy Resurrection Day! In honor of Easter, today’s verses is about the whole reason for Easter, Jesus’ resurrection! This is a defining moment in Christianity and it’s what sets the Christian faith apart from any other faith out there. There have been many religious leaders who led honorable lives. However, what sets apart Christianity is that Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave and rose from the dead! That is a statement that no other religious leader past or present can make.

When you’re out hunting for Easter eggs and taking pictures with the Easter bunny, remember that the reason for the season is Jesus’ resurrection. Without Jesus, we wouldn’t have Easter. I was watching an interview with pastor Rick Warren (of Purpose Driven Life) and he said something that was profound to me. He said that the word “holiday” is a variation on “holy day” and that all holidays started out being a holy day and became secularized as a way for companies to cash in. So on this “holy day”, and every day, remember the reason for Resurrection Day, which is Jesus!

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