40 Days of Purpose
Saturday, Day 40
Matthew 7:45-56 records numerous details about the day Jesus died.
The earth went dark and shook violently.
Tombs opened and godly men and women were raised from their graves.
The moment Jesus gave up His spirit, the thick curtain to the sanctuary of God was ripped in two.
Heaven and earth thundered with activity and then, I imagine, it all felt very quiet.
For 3 days Jesus’ grave was very quiet.
If the story ended there, we would still be lost. It doesn’t.
In a letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul addresses the importance of Christ’s resurrection. Take some time today to thoughtfully read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15.
“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead…For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead… For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
We have hope because the grave did not swallow Jesus. He drank the cup our sins created. He ransomed us – bought us back from sin’s power. And then He conquered death – set a heavenly order in motion again. The curse – death, separation from God – had no power over His perfection.
In Psalm 46:10 we are encouraged to, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Take time today to be still before God. Thank Him for whatever comes to mind. He is good and He is very much alive today. And tomorrow we get to celebrate that Heaven-altering fact.