April 3, 2010

He is not here; He has risen!

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On the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes
that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground,
but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; He has risen!
Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee:
'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men,
be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' "
Then they remembered His words...
Luke 24:1-8

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that He was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles..

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
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.
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;
then, when He comes, those who belong to Him.
Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father
after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death...

"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
I Corinthians 15:3-7, 20-26, 55-58

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7 comments:

Anita Johnson said...

He is risen indeed, Suzan!
Happy Easter!

Evette Mendisabal said...

Risen and given us hope beyond all hope. Thank you for your inspirational post this lovely Easter morn. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Life with Kaishon said...

This fills me with hope and happiness. Deep happiness.

staci said...

Amen !!!

Rebekah said...

He is our Risen King! Thank you, Jesus.

P.S. Susan, those are the loveliest photos I may have EVER seen! (of flowers - since faces are always THE loveliest) anyhow, I think you need an etsy shop where you can sell these prints to us (me).

Happy Easter!

Tracy P. said...

But did you feel it when the stone rolled away? Hope all is ok in your world!

~ shi ~ said...

Oh MY..those are beautiful..! WOW..
Yeah..He is not there..We are SO blessed..and loved!..oxo