Confidence Hope Joy

Confidence Hope Joy

At dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Understandably, the women were frightened by the angels at the tomb. An angel spoke reassuringly and reminded them of Jesus’ prediction about the Resurrection.

Matthew 28:5-10 - 5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (NIV)

God raised Jesus from the dead as a proof of Jesus’ divinity. The angel invited the women to see that the tomb was empty and then sent them to the disciples with the amazing news. Jesus’ resurrection is the key to the Christian faith. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we know that Jesus is the Truth, God incarnate, not a false prophet or impostor. He is ruler of God’s eternal Kingdom.

Christ has been raised from the dead. Christianity is not a “religion,” it is a relationship with a living Savior. The Resurrection enables us to live with confidence, hope and joy!

Questions to Consider
In what ways has the truth of the Resurrection bolstered your confidence?
How has it given you hope and joy?

Talking to God
Thank God for the confidence you feel because of his faithfulness in keeping his word. Thank him for the hope you have for your future in him. Thank him for the joy you experience in relationship with him.