On day after Easter let us give God the praise He is due! He has defeated death; He has covered our sins; Today don’t let the mundane schedule let you lose the resurrection view. Let us say with the psalmist:
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!”
Psalms 72:18-19 ESV
The sun rose.
They went to the tomb.
They looked inside.
The tomb was empty.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ESV)
He is risen!
“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 25:8 ESV
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, …” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ESV)
This is the view from deep inside a cave in a mountainside. Darkness. When Jesus was sealed in the tomb of Nicodemus, this is what it would have been like.
Darkness descended when he died. But hear this…
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:3-6 ESV)
“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.””
Hosea 6:3 ESV
His faithfulness is stronger than the mountains.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Psalms 62:1-2 ESV
A couple of posts back I suggested Scripture meditation as a response to anxiety. One Bible text has really been a help to me through the years as I’ve meditated on God using the text. I didn’t know it at the time but I was training my heart and mind to trust God.
The picture above was discovered recently in an old photo album. I took it while on a morning walk back in the 20th century using a film camera. It was January 1986. The reason I chose it for this post is the tree. It’s a village in South Korea. In the distance is the NakDong river. Here’s the verse for your consideration:
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.