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April 1, 2018

Holy Week Conversations: Proclaiming Resurrection Day  

Key Passage: He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:46-48

Our final Holy Week conversation is the most enjoyable, I believe, and certainly the one that signals the reality of Who Jesus is. Imagine walking to a grave, only to be met with the news that the one you were coming to grieve is alive, “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:6). Not only did Jesus keep His promise to rise again; His resurrection from the tomb authenticates every other promise in Scripture.

Yes, we have the promise of eternal life, but just think about what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means to our present reality. Although we celebrate the resurrection as an historical event, as believers we can also live in the power of His resurrection right now! Because He’s alive, sin’s curse is broken and no longer has power over those who place their trust in Him as their Savior and Lord. Only the resurrected Christ can offer all that we need to live in victory over sin. Are you living in the freedom of this truth?

This is a conversation worth sharing. As a matter of fact, in the final conversations Jesus had on Earth He instructed His followers to tell His story. Listen to some of what He said:

  • Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).
  • So Jesus said to them again, “Peace bewith you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you. (John 20:21).

Who do you know who is still held captive by sin’s curse? Jesus died to pay for their deliverance and lives to provide for their lives – both now and for eternity. Since we’ve been given new life, shouldn’t we also proclaim His love to everyone? Jesus is alive! Herod couldn’t kill Him, death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him. Go tell somebody today about the hope found in Christ. Proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus is a conversation worth having!