“I am the resurrection and the life.” ~John 11:25 (NIV)
When the women came to the tomb on Easter Morning to discover that the stone had been rolled away from Jesus’ tomb, they thought His body had been stolen. For a brief time, they thought it was the end, but it was really the beginning.
Jesus’ body was not stolen. He had risen from the dead. The angel declared that Jesus was alive and told the women to go share the truth with others.
How many times do we think that it is the end? We lose hope … we lose trust … we lose faith. With Christ, it is never the end. His resurrection has offered us new hope, new trust, and new faith. With Christ we can have faith beyond the appearance and feelings of the empty tomb.
2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “we walk by faith not by what we see.” There are so many situations in life that cause us to forget who the Lord of our lives is. We forget who is “the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2 tells us that “Christ endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God … do not grow weary and lose heart.”
Christ knows who we are and what we need. He knows what is going to happen next in our lives and is always available on the journey. We are never alone, and it is never the end. Even in death. Because of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we have faith on earth and new life in heaven. Thanks be to God!
Christ has risen! It is a new beginning! Death has been conquered! Don’t hesitate to look in the tomb and see that He has risen!
Remember that your church family, even in the midst of a pandemic, prays and cares for you. It is a time for new beginnings so let’s start today. Let us remember that we are His children and will never be abandoned and that we are called to make disciples and to serve. Never lose heart, for Christ is with you. He is risen! He has risen indeed!