The Glory and Majesty of heaven came to earth in the flesh and lived among us, and we joyfully celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord at Christmas. The shepherds were heralded with Mighty Angels announcing the good news of a Savior born to us.
As a young twelve year old boy Jesus talked with the priests in the temple and impressed all around Him with His wisdom and knowledge and then was quiet on the scene in our Bibles until He began His ministry at the age of thirty.
His own family questioned Him as He began to perform miracles and teach in parables—upsetting the Pharisees and priests as He challenged them to recognize and believe who He was.
He chose twelve disciples and although they did not understand all He told them, He did warn them of what was to come, that He would be killed and that He would rise again.
When His time came, in the garden His sweat was drops of blood as He anguished and said, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 24:5-6)
Jesus willingly, lovingly gave His life. He could have called ten thousand angels to His rescue. He died shedding His blood on the cross to atone for the sins of all mankind.
Upon His crucifixion on that cross, the temple veil was torn top to bottom and the earth quaked and a vast darkness fell.
Jesus was then buried in the tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea. A stone was placed at its entrance and guarded by soldiers so no one could steal his body.
But when certain women came to the tomb that glorious morning, the rock was rolled away and His body was not there and the Angel asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 22:42)
He is not dead! He arose! He lives!
Our Redeemer Lives!
An Easter Devotion: He Is Risen! by Kathy Cheek
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