Sunday April 4, 2021 | Jesus’ Resurrection
Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He didn’t stay dead. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. Jesus provides salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life.
On the third day after Jesus died on the cross, Jesus’ friend Mary went to the tomb early in the morning. Mary saw that the big stone had been moved away from the entrance. Mary ran to find Peter and John. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and I do not know where His body is!” she said. Peter and John ran to the tomb. John looked inside and saw linen cloths lying there. Then Peter went inside the tomb and saw the cloths too. The cloth that had been around Jesus’ head was folded up. John believed that Jesus was alive. Then John and Peter went home. Mary went back to the tomb and cried. She looked inside and saw two angels. “Why are you crying?” they asked. “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they put Him,” Mary said. Then Mary turned and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Him. She thought the man was a gardener.“ Why are you crying?” Jesus asked. “Who are you looking for?” Mary said, “Sir, if you have taken away Jesus, tell me where He is and I will go get Him.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Mary looked at Him and said, “Teacher!” Jesus sent Mary to tell the other disciples that He was going back to the Father. Mary did what Jesus said, and she told the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” While this happened, some of the soldiers who were guarding the tomb went into the city and told the religious leaders what happened. The leaders gave the soldiers money and told them to lie about what they saw. They told them to say that Jesus’ disciples stole His body while they were sleeping. So the soldiers took the money and told everyone that Jesus never rose from the dead.
Christ Connection: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He rose from the dead and is alive! God raised Jesus from the dead to be the King over everything. Jesus rescues us from sin and promises that we will live forever with Him.
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