Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day 20 - The Resurrection of Jesus

What is Jesus doing in this painting?  What is He holding in His hands?  Can you see something that lets us know how much God loves Him?

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” — John 20:1-2 (NIV)  

      God’s plan had not failed!  Death and Satan did not win!  After three days in the tomb, Jesus rose from the dead.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important thing that ever happened in the history of the world.  What do your history books say is important?  It is even more important than Christmas Day, when we celebrate His birth, and Good Friday, when we remember His crucifixion.  If He had never risen from the grave, none of the other things would mean very much.  Jesus is the only One who has ever won over death, and He did it for us.  We can live forever with Him.  Even when we face death, it is just a way to real life in heaven with God.   Even when our friends and family die, we know we will see them again if they have accepted Him.  All who trust in Christ will live forever.  Have you trusted in Christ?

Today's Prayer

     Lord, sometimes it seems like the world is winning, just like it did to the disciples when Jesus was crucified.  Please help us always remember You did exactly what You told us You would do.  You overcame the world.  You conquered death.  And You give us Your power to win if we trust You.  Teach us to praise You as Lord.

Today's Activity:

     Think of someone you knew who died and was a Christian.  What did this person do while they were on earth to show that they were a Christian?  If you are a believer, you have a great promise from God that you will see them again.  Discuss things that this person could be doing right now in Heaven.  Ephesians 3:21 says that the Lord is able to do more than we can imagine.  So let your imaginations go!

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
Jesus is breaking through the power of the  tomb.   In His hands are flames of fire that represent the power of hell and death.  The heart around Him is the heart of God who is with Him forever.

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