“He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6)
* Heart of a Shepherd Devotional followers: Today’s Scripture Reading is Leviticus 20-21. However, because today is Resurrection Sunday, I have devoted today’s devotional post to the Cross, and the Resurrection; the central doctrine of the Scriptures. You are invited to join today’s worship broadcast, 10:00 AM (EDT) at www.HillsdaleBaptist.org.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the greatest event in history. His death, burial, and bodily resurrection is central to all that we believe and preach. The apostle Paul, in his letter to believers in Corinth, declared, “I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Fulfilling the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament Scriptures, the resurrection of Christ is the critical doctrine, the linchpin upon which the Christian faith rests, and is foundational to the Gospel we preach.
The resurrection is not only the hope of today’s believers (1 Corinthians 15:19-20), but was the expectation of the saints of ancient times. Job expressed his confidence of life beyond the grave in these words: “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come [renewal; release from the grave]” (Job 14:14).
The psalmist expressed his conviction in the resurrection, writing, “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psalm 49:15). Christ revealed the ancient patriarchs, though dead, were alive: “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:32b).
The Resurrection of Christ is the blessed hope of every believer. While today is a memorial to our rejoicing in His resurrection, every Sunday we gather as a congregation is a testimony of our faith, “He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:6).
Rejoicing in a risen Savior,