What emotions did the friends and disciples of Jesus feel when they realized He was real? Certainly they were surprised by the joy of knowing Jesus was back, even more larger than life. Even though they had watched Him raise Lazarus after three days of death, their faith had forgotten. But now they were glad again, because God raised up His son to life.
If you look for Jesus among the dead you will not find Him. He has left the cold cemetery and risen to be with the warm love of His Father. Dead churches cannot claim the calming presence of Christ, because they have forsaken the faith required to recognize Him. Look for the Lord among the living, those who live out their faith with bold grace.
Remember the words of Jesus and your faith will resound with reassurance. “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18). You serve a risen Savior who lives in your life by faith. Take Him at His word, and joy will fill your innermost being as you celebrate His appearing almost 2,000 years later. Enjoy Jesus, and anticipate your Lord’s second return.
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).
How can I reassure my faith with the reality of a risen Savior? Where are the places I can find Christ among the living? What words of Jesus do I need to constantly remember?
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