The Empty Grave speaks of the power of His resurrection,
The Empty Grave announces the final victory :- DEATH DEFEATED.
For His FINISHED work on the Cross, procured pardon of SINS :-
- The wages of sin and death ….. paid in FULL.
His FINISHED work of Resurrection Power broke the power of sin and death :-
- For ALL those that are alive In Christ.
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1Cor.15:26
For at His resurrection death was indeed defeated – !! Hallelujah !!
But also - that ALL who sleep in Jesus shall rise to : !! Praise His Wonderful Name !!
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trump of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1Thess.4:16
“Fear Not” they were told, “Go your way and tell His disciples, and Peter.”
WHY ? Why was this one apostle singled out above the rest ?
WHY ? Why was Peter named and none of the others that walked with Him ?
Had Peter been the most loyal and faithful?
Had he done a special ‘something’ to deserve such a mark of distinction?
!! Oh No !!
Peter had fallen….
The last word that dropped from his lips were bitter, brutal, cursing words of denial:-
His last aggressive words swore, a dissenting to know His Lord and Master.
Though All the disciples left Him and fled,
The actions of this One
- the actions of Peter, surpassed the others in thought, word and deed.
And he was overwhelmed with grief at the death of Him whom he loved so very dearly.
Grief was made bitter by the enduring remembrance of his own, base denial.
A dishonest rebuttal of his precious Friend, at the end of His precious Life…
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.
And Peter remembered the word of the Lord.” Luke 22:61
That last look from his Savior and Lord, broke the heart of this headstrong man,
- and he went out a weeping, broken, penitent man.
But those who have fallen the hardest are those that the Savior seeks out.
He comes alongside them, with the tenderest compassion and deepest Love.
“Go your way and tell ……. tell Peter.” Mark 16:7
And with what equal tender gentleness did He approach the grieving Mary;
A distressed woman, bereft of Her Lord, and carrying intense grief.
She who had been released from seven demons,
She who ministered to Him in utter devotion since that glorious release,
She so longed to hear the voice of the One she loved…
“Jesus saith unto her….’Mary‘.” John 20:16
It is with equal compassion, like tenderness and similar grace that He speaks to us.
Our Risen Lord remembers your name and mine.
They are engraved in the nail-prints on the palms of His hands.
It is with comparable understanding and precious love that He still reaches out.…
- He reaches out His nail-pierced hands to you, Beloved and to me.
He knows the secret hurts and pains, the hopes and the fears,
He cares about the longings and disappointments of every trembling heart,
He sees the bitter regrets and deep lamentation, and sense of unworthiness,
He understands that we grieve over our stained and bloodied souls.
He knows Your name, Beloved – and He remembers that You are but dust -
And yet….and YET …
He loves YOU with an everlasting love.
He chose YOU from before the foundation of the world
You are His highly favored heir,
You are His glorious chosen bride,
You are the Love of His life and the Desire of His heart.
Make sure YOU know Him…
That I may know HIM,
and the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being made conformable unto His death. Phil.3:10
Just as we, rejoice to be blood-bought believers,
Just as we are privileged recipients of the power of His resurrection.
So too we should rejoice to participate in the fellowship of His sufferings,
- in humbleness of spirit and thankfulness of heart.
For through the combined work of His Death and Resurrection He has saved US:
- spirit, soul and body.
What an amazing privilege, we have to share in His sufferings.
I reckon that the sufferings of this present timeare not worthy to be comparedwith the !!! !! ! !! !!! G L O R Y !!! !! ! !! !!!which shall be revealed In Us.Rom.8:18
What an awesome dispensation to have His resurrection power inside of us.
What an astonishing truth to discover that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in us…
“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
He that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken your mortal bodies,
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Rom.9:11