Yesterday was Easter. Many millions of Christians around the globe took to celebrating the risen Christ. No longer is our Savior dead and decaying in the grave. Death and sin have been defeated. The price has been paid. It’s finished. He’s alive!
So now what? As I scanned my FB timeline yesterday I noticed an extremely satisfying amount of “Jesus is alive” / “He is risen” type of messages. I felt good that the good news of Easter Sunday was reaching far and wide to people I’d least expect. What I found extremely unsatisfying was the lack of Christ these same people emulated in their daily lives on every day besides Easter Sunday.
This message of hope and death defeated is not a message to be lived out on one Sunday in spring. Take a look at the following passages in Matthew 28:
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” –Matthew 28:1-2
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” –Matthew 28:5-7
Upon discovering an empty tomb, the Mary’s were told to go share the news and tell the disciples. Jesus was risen and was headed into Galilee. Let’s continue reading to see what happened in Galilee:
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:16-20
Christ is risen. He’s alive. But it shouldn’t end there. The ball is in our court. It’s time we do something about it.
- Live like Christ: Christ tells his disciples and future believers to obey everything he has commanded of us. We need to be in God’s Word to learn how Christ lived and we must model that in our own lives.
- Go & Tell: The message of the risen Christ is an important message. One that brings hope to a world of darkness. Don’t fall short in accomplishing your mission. We have a job to do. Let’s spread the news of the risen Christ to the world!
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