Discipleship | Lesson 3 | Devotion 2
Matthew 28:1-6 In 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. And, 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. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Once a year, a date is placed on the yearly calendar to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It has become known as Easter. While the world has commercialized Easter with eggs, bunnies, and oversized chocolate crucifixes, it is a wonderful day for Christians to celebrate. Many churches, including this one, make Easter Sunday a great day to bring guests and hear the Gospel. People in many communities will decide to attend church on Easter Sunday. Easter is one of the few days on the calendar that it seems the world is looking to Christ and the church to understand the significance of the resurrection.
While the world sets aside one day to celebrate a resurrected Savior, it takes a lifetime to comprehend the power of serving a risen Lord! Christianity is the only faith or religion who claims to serve a living Lord. One Sunday a year is not sufficient to describe how this fact can change your life. Thankfully, for the Christian everyday is Easter! You read that right. Everyday is Easter for Christians. Go ahead and put it on your calendar for every day of the year because you can celebrate a risen Savior every single day!
In the passage you just read, the angel tells Mary Magdalene and the other Mary in verse six, “He is not here: for he is risen.” There may not be a greater phrase in the pages of Scripture. Yesterday, you read about how Jesus died for you, but today, take comfort in the fact that Jesus lives for you.
As you seek to celebrate Easter today and everyday in your life, you don’t have to buy all of the items at the grocery store. You simply have to live as though Jesus is alive, because He is alive and lives inside of you! Because He lives, you can pray and talk to Him. Because He lives, you can find comfort in Him. Because He lives, He can speak to you and guide you. To put it into the words of a hymn, “Because He lives, you can face tomorrow.”