THURSDAY, APRIL 25
“You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.
And we are witnesses of this fact!”
Acts 3:15 (NLT)
GOD’S RESCUE PLAN: EASTER
Judy Packard of Lake Leelanau, Michigan, talks about the time her neighbor, visiting the Holy Land, sent a letter describing the beautiful gardens. Her 6-year-old mused, “I wonder if He saw the rose.” “What rose?” Judy asked. “You know,” said her child, “like the Bible women saw. They went to that garden where Jesus was buried and they saw Christ had a rose!” (Judy Packard, “Kids of the Kingdom,”)
After the resurrection of Jesus, we are told that He was seen by hundreds. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 tells us:
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.”
In 1887, twenty-two years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, his coffin was dug up and opened because there were constant rumors that his body was not in the grave. So, they dug it up and the body was there. The rumors continued so 14 years later they had to dig it up again. Both times witnesses were present who testified that Lincoln was still in the grave.
We can’t dig up the body of Jesus. You can go to Israel today and visit Jesus’ tomb. It’s empty. His body is not there. And there were witnesses who testified to seeing Him after His resurrection. And because He lives, we can be rescued. And because He lives, we can cry out to Him for help, love and wisdom every day. Spend some time talking to Jesus today in prayer. Praise Him for His life. Talk to Him about your life and ask for help, love and wisdom.