Believe Jesus Lives

Celebrate Easter by trusting the truth of the resurrection.

Imagine yourself as one of Jesus’s followers. Three days have passed since Jesus died.

In a state of bewilderment and grief, you decide to bring spices to anoint the body of the one you loved. Served. Followed. Would die for.

But what you discover at the tomb is shocking. No Jesus … and an unbelievable message from an unusual being: Jesus is alive.

It doesn’t make any sense. How could this be true? You saw him die.

From Pessimism to Praise

Luke 24 tells us what it was like to experience the resurrection of Christ, and the joy that comes when you take him at his word.

Jesus’s followers had trouble believing he had risen from the dead.

“But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them.” Luke 24:11
“They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder.” Luke 24:41

Jesus appeared to them in person and confronted their disbelief.

“How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said!” Luke 24:25
“Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?” Luke 24:38

Jesus reminded them that the Scriptures had foretold these events.

“And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.” Luke 24:27

Their perspective shifted from doubt to praise.

“They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.” Luke 24:52-53

Trust the Truth of the Resurrection

We learn from Luke’s account that the resurrection of Christ deserves our belief, trust, and gratitude. It is the reason for our eternal hope.

  1. Jesus patiently pursues us with his passionate love. He confronts our doubts and redirects our focus back to him.
  2. God’s Word contains all the proof we need to believe—historical accuracy, eye-witness accounts, indisputable evidence. God’s plan—told by 40 inspired authors, over the course of thousands of years—has one unwavering message: God adores you.
  3. There is so much joy to be found in this truth! Why wait to trust in Christ?

Today, meditate on the miracle of Jesus’s resurrection. Ask God for faith to believe everything he has revealed in his Word. Thank him for waiting patiently as you grab hold of the knowledge of his saving love. Worship, rejoice, and praise him for opening your eyes, ears, heart, and mind to all he has in store for you!

Have a Happy Easter!

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