The Gifts of Resurrection
Luke 24: 36-42; Matthew 28:6
6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (Matt. 28:6)
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. (Luke 24:36-42)
Easter or Resurrection Sunday is a Christian festival to commemorate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. It is described in several passages in the Gospel as having occurred third day after His burial. Easter is a very important celebration in Christian tradition. The death and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ is meaningless if Christ’s resurrection did not happen.
THE GIFTS OF RESURRECTION
Matthew 28 verse 6 and Luke 24: verses 36 to 42 document a very important event in the Gospel. It is to be considered as one of the major highlights of Christology. Easter Sunday or Christ’s resurrection is a gift to all who follow and believe in Him as their personal Savior and Lord.
1. Gift of Peace. The One who resurrected on Easter Sunday is the Prince of Peace mentioned in Isaiah chapter 9 verse 6. Philippians 4 verse 7 says that we can experience peace that transcends all understanding in Christ Jesus. Resurrection Sunday is also a declaration of peace that can only be found in Christ Jesus.
2. Gift of Power. Because Christ has risen from the dead, He conquered the power of death (1Corinthians 15:55-57). We follow a powerful Savior and, through His resurrection, we are victorious.
3. Gift of Purpose. After Jesus’ resurrection, He gave His great commission to His disciples in Matthew 28 verses 19 to 20, which is to go and make disciples of all nations and to baptize them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His resurrection is an affirmation that as we follow Him, He has a purpose to all of us.
Christ’s resurrection is an affirmation to our Christian faith. We follow the living God, Christ Jesus. Our obedience to Jesus is not meaningless because we know that He is alive. What God requires from us is to have living faith to the Living God.
Points to Ponder
- Have you personally met Jesus?
- Do you have failures, fears and frustrations that prevent you from moving forward? Give that all to Jesus and He will give you victory.
Devotional for Holy Week
Written by: Pastor Choy Magdaong
Faith and Development Manager
World Vision Philippines