Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead! So what did Jesus do after resurrecting? In the words of Max Lucado, “He went on a resurrection tour.” He appeared to the women near the tomb. He appeared to the followers in the Upper Room. He appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. He appeared to his friends on the shore of Galilee. He spoke with them. He ate with them. They touched his body; they heard his words. They were convinced this Jesus was raised from the dead.
They also believed his resurrection is the preview and promise of ours. What God did for him, he will do for us. When Jesus rose from the dead, he was the “firstfruits” (1 Cor. 15:20, 23).
“Firstfruits” is the first taste of the harvest. The farmer can anticipate the nature of the crop by sampling the first batch. We can anticipate our own resurrection by viewing the resurrection of Christ. What will happen when you die? Scripture reveals some intriguing assurances.
“Your spirit will immediately enter into the presence of God. You will enjoy conscious fellowship with the Father and with those who have gone before. (Your body will join you later.) We believe this to be true because of verses like this one: “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).”
This is why the resurrection of Jesus is everything – worthy of world-wide celebration! His resurrection is the promise of unspeakable life after our bodily death! We go from this life, to greater life – just like Jesus. Happy Easter!
Unshakable Hope, Max Lucado
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