Daily Devotion Tuesday, July 9

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Psalm 146; 1 Samuel 15:24-35; Acts 9:32-43 and Luke 23:56b-24:12

Luke 23:56b-24:12 – 23:56bOn the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

24:1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Thanks be to God!

Jesus’ resurrection is the fulcrum for all my other beliefs in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is also the centering lens through which I carry out my ministry. I often say to families as I prepare to celebrate the life of a loved one, that if it wasn’t for Jesus’ death and most importantly resurrection I’d have little to say at a funeral service. But because of what God did for us through his Son’s death and resurrection, I can proclaim the promise of eternal life. Jesus’ resurrection helps us in our living and our dying. Because Jesus died and rose we do not have to fear for it is God who has provided for our salvation, it is God who promises us a new day.

What does it mean to you, to your daily living that Jesus died and most importantly rose? How would you put into words what you believe?

Here is a youtube video of a song from the play The Promise. I saw it many times in Branson and I’ve used the lyrics of this song at many a graveside service. God did say unto his Son, “Arise, arise, victorious one arise!” So, will he say unto us who trust and believe in him, Arise! The quality of this video isn’t great but it is still worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Q5rg4AhvI

This day live in the reality that Jesus did rise from the dead. He did so to truly show that God has the power over life and death.

O God, I thank you and praise you for the gift of your Son’s resurrection. It truly does show that you have power over death and life. May I live in the reality of his resurrection and may it be the guiding force in my living, as it will be in my dying. It is because he rose that I know that my sins can be forgiven and I can be given new life. Through the power of Jesus’ resurrection bless and guide my life and ministry this day. Amen.

Psalm 146 – 5   Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
6   who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;

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