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Saturday, April 03, 2010


What is it that makes Christ's victory over the grave so important, so encouraging? First, it gives us hope because Jesus is alive, seated at the Father's right hand, making intercessions for us. Hebrews 7:25 says, "He always lives to make intercession for us." We don't serve a prophet who is dead and unable to help us in our time of need. The risen Savior is active on our behalf---leading, providing for, and defending us at every turn! Second, the empty tomb fills us with confidence because it is a guarantee of our eternal life. We have undeniable evidence that God keeps His promise of salvation to us. Romans 6:4-5 explains, "Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we to might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection." Since Jesus lives, it is certain that we will as well, and so will all our loved ones who believe in Him. Third, because our Savior kept His promise to reconcile us to the Father, we know He can and will keep every other promise He has made to us. Romans 8:31-32 reminds us, "If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" There is nothing we could ever need or encounter that requires more power to overcome than what Jesus experienced on the cross and in the grave [see Ephesians 1:18-20]. No matter what you face, the Lord is able to help you through it.

Have you experienced some trial or discouragement that left you with heartache or pain? Are you struggling with confusion or uncertainty, not knowing which way to turn or what will happen to you? If so, then look to Jesus, look to the empty tomb, be encouraged, and find the assurance that every thing is going to be all right. Your Savior and Lord is alive and interceding on your behalf, so there is absolutely nothing in this world that should ever take away your joy, your peace, or your confidence in His perfect provision. May God richly bless you as you seek Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.