This week leading up to Easter I would like to share some devotionals with you from my new book Praying through the Gospels. I have included some links at the end of the devotion, if you would like to order the book. Praying through the Gospels is pretty simple. It’s just a small reflection in prayer on different aspects from the Gospels and what Jesus did for us. Hope you enjoy this week of devotionals!
On Sunday, we will celebrate the most significant event in Christian history. Our Savior is risen! Death could not hold Him! Please find someone you can invite to church this weekend to share in the glorious message of our risen Savior!
Jesus Is Risen
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.” (Matthew 28:5–6)
Lord, the greatest three words ever written in history are, “He is risen!” It’s because of these three words that I can now experience life. I have victory over death because you took on the grave for me. You faced death for me and conquered it! My sin held me captive. My life was headed no where, but you stepped in and saved me.
Satan thought he had won. I’m sure he was throwing a party as you laid in that grave for three days. But his party was interrupted as the stone was rolled away and the angel declared, “He is not here. He has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:6). Wow, I love those words, Lord. Just as you said! That is so important for me to remember.
You always come through on your promises. You promised to conquer death, and you did. You promise to give me life to the full, and you do. You promise that my home is not here! You promise that I have a place of no pain or sorrow awaiting me. Heaven will be my eternal destination. Heaven will be my final resting place. All because of three words, “He is risen.” My Lord has risen from the grave. Death could not hold him captive. He is alive! My Redeemer lives!
“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin–miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin–conquering death, we also get included in his life–saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death–as–the–end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. (Romans 6:8–11, MSG)
To enjoy more devotionals like this one you can order my book Praying through the Gospels in my book shop. If you are looking to make a bulk purchase for your church, ministry, school, or Bible study please contact me personally and I will be happy to give you a discount on the books. My email address is email@example.com