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As Good as His Word As Good as His Word

As Good as His Word

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the linchpin of the Christian faith. “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said?” Timothy Keller explains. “The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”

Early on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary,” went to the tomb. Luke reveals that the “other” Mary was the mother of James the younger (Mark 16:1). Salome, the wife of Zebedee and mother of James and John, was also with them. Their visit was an expression of love more than an act of faith. They did not expect to find the tomb empty. They went with spices to anoint Jesus’ body (Luke 23:56; 24:1). Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had already prepared Jesus’ body for burial with seventy-five pounds of spices on Friday (John 19:38–39). The women may or may not have known this. What is clear is that they were not expecting to find Jesus alive.

Instead, the women found the great stone that covered the tomb rolled away and an angel seated on top of the stone, as if at leisure (v. 2). Perhaps this underscored the fact that the tomb was empty. In his message the angel reminded the women of what Jesus had promised: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matt 28:6). As they ran back to announce this good news to the disciples, Jesus met them. This was no apparition or hallucination: “They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him” (v. 9). Jesus rose bodily.

>> The resurrection was a powerful moment that continues to affect our lives today. Because Jesus, who was crucified in weakness, now lives by God’s power, we also live by God’s power. How can this knowledge shape the way you live today?

Pray with Us

Lord, Jesus, our risen Savior, show us by your Spirit how to live in the light of your Resurrection as your people, freed by your blood and reconciled to the Father. Amen!

BY Dr. John Koessler

John Koessler is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Church Ministries at Moody Bible Institute. John authors the “Practical Theology” column for Today in the Word of which he is also a contributing writer and theological editor. An award-winning author, John’s newest title is When God is Silent: Let the Bible Teach You to Pray (Kirkdale). Prior to joining the Moody faculty, he served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years. He and his wife, Jane, now enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan.

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