HE IS RISEN!
Those were the words on my lips as I awoke this morning. Sunday has come, the chains of sin and death have been broken. HE IS RISEN!
I love the beauty and majesty of Easter. Even though the sun isn't shining, even though I have watched my friends encounter incredible tragedy, the week has still ended in celebration. Our Lord is Alive. And He Lives In Me! That alone makes me want to dance for joy!
In church this morning, Rev. Monty was talking about how God allows evil to do its worst because that proves how weak evil really is. Take Jesus for instance. He allowed evil to do its worst. He took on every sin, every murder, every theft, every abuse, every bit of pain and suffering on the cross. He was beaten, tortured, destroyed. On Friday, it seemed as if Sunday would never come. Jesus was dead. What more was there?
Here is where the weakness of evil is evident. Satan and all the forces of Hell did their very worst. Every thing they could think to do, they did to Jesus. But Satan's power could only hold for a few hours. By Sunday morning, he could do no more. The power of God was no match for the forces of evil. Instead, God simply proved how weak Satan and his minions really were. Everything Satan had was destroyed in the time it took for Jesus to stand and walk out of the tomb. Satan lost. He bet everything and he lost. The power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit proves how weak and pathetic evil really is.
So today I want to leave you with a note of encouragement. No matter what you are going through, remember that compared to God evil is weak. It did its worst and could only hold Jesus for a few hours. If you are in the depths of pain and hurt, remember that Jesus is with you. His power will break the force of evil and show Satan how pathetic he truly is. Nothing can overcome the Almighty God. And if He lives in you, then who can be against you? Take heart, persevere, and remember the miracle of this Easter morning. For my God lives, He reigns, and He has broken the forces of evil!
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7