Christ the Lord Has Risen Today!
Lyndia Grant | 3/31/2010, 1:18 p.m.
Resurrection Sunday, most widely known as Easter Sunday, is one of the most important religious celebrations of all time!
Don€t miss out on the purpose of the resurrection. God sent His son Jesus Christ down to the earth to live among the people. He became King of the Jews and raised the dead and healed the sick. Pontius Pilate and his administration wondered €Who is this Jesus?
That my friend; was the beginning of the end. Let€s take a look at the scriptures as a witness to the story of the resurrection.
On the Sunday before the Resurrection, a day we call Palm Sunday, the people followed the Christ. They held a huge parade in His honor and placed palms on the ground, as he rode through the town on the back of a donkey. They cherished Him, shouting, €Hosannah in the Highest!€
A few days later, a plan to bring Christ down was underway. Jesus was treated worse than any other, and He did it for us. He died on Calvary€s Cross, between two thieves. But on the third day, He rose again, as He said he would. Read the story for yourself:
John 20:1-9: On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved and told them, €They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don€t know where they put him.€
So Peter and the other disciples went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first and he saw and believed; for they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
Peter, considered the leader of the Apostles, had the right to enter first. Although, Peter had denied Jesus three times. Yet, he possessed the moral strength to do so.
Their first response was that grave robbers had been there. Had grave-robbers removed the body, why would they have taken the time to remove the burial garments? The shroud was still in place as if the body had risen out of them. The cloth that covered the head was in a different place.
John was the first to €believe.€ He realized that the missing body was God€s work.
Disciple€s Love: Jesus improved Mary Magdalene€s life and removed seven demons. She became a believer and followed Jesus where ever He went.
John the youngest of the apostles had the faith to risk his life by being at the foot of the cross. Both Mary Magdalene and John recognized Jesus€ hand at work in their lives.
They returned to Jesus the love He had given them. Mary was puzzled about what had happened at the tomb. Jesus€ love gave John the ability to read the signs and to understand their meaning.
Read the story for yourself. Join a bible teaching church and continue to study the Word of God for yourself. As you study, you will be amazed with the miracles that will begin to unfold in your life. Christ the Lord has risen today, Hallelujah! WI
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