What they did not know was that they were part of the Father’s plan (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:10). The extinguishing of Jesus unleashed something on the world that had never happened before.
It was three days after the execution of Jesus that He triumphantly came out of the grave. And the world has not been the same since. How about you? Are you the same after meeting the resurrected Jesus? The power that overcame death on that day is living within every Christian. Are you living in the good of the gospel today?
The Easter flowers have faded, the candy is gone, and the eggs are smelling (or in our case, they are full of airsoft pellets), but the news of the resurrection is just as fresh today as it was on Easter…or 2000 years ago?
Easter may be the most famous Christian celebration, but it’s not the only day we get to celebrate. Say this out loud: “Jesus died for my sins!” He came out of the grave for your sins too.
Each day the Christian has the wonderful privilege to live in the good of the gospel while expressing inexpressible joy for the gospel effects on our lives.
Nothing has changed in the mind of God: He still rules and reigns. Heaven has not been shaken and God has not been despairing before or since His Son came out of the tomb. Lord God Almighty has never lost control of all things in heaven or in earth.
This Christian presupposition is our starting point, and our worldview is the interpretative grid that fills us with hope. We are resting and trusting in one who is even greater than the person sitting in the Oval Office (1 Corinthians 15:19). Our King lifts rulers up and puts rulers down. He is our Sovereign Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).