Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today is Resurrection Day, and its message never grows old. The Good News is still the best news ever uttered and has never lost its power--nor will it.
Matthew 28:1-9 (emphasis mine):
1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
The response to recognizing that Jesus is alive and well-able to reign upon the throne of our lives elicits the same response today that it did then: worship. Worship is the only reasonable response to seeing Jesus for Who He is, and while worship does involve going to church with other believers, it's so much more than that. It is complete and total surrender to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We were created for this very purpose. And when we truly behold Him, in all His majesty, splendor, and power, there's nothing else we can do. Yes, He's that incredible--and He's alive!