Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 49

Resurrection Sunday

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Today's Text: Luke 24:1-49, Psalm 16:9-11

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-49, Psalm 16:9-11

They had hoped He was the one. But here it was, the third day since Jesus’ crucifixion. And here they were, spices in hand, walking to the tomb to anoint His dead body.

They had hoped He was the one, and now they were heartbroken.

That same day, two others walked the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were discouraged and dejected, and the tension in their conversation showed it. When a stranger inquired about their trouble, they responded in disbelief. Was this the only person in town who didn’t know what had happened? And so they told Him: a great teacher and prophet had been put to death, and now His body was a missing from the tomb. There were rumors that He was alive, but no one had seen Him. “We were hoping that he was the one who was about to redeem Israel,” they said (Luke 24:21).

They had hoped He was the one. What would they do now?

If we pause the story here, we can imagine this desperate, disheartening feeling. We know from experience what it feels like to realize our long held hopes have come up empty. We know the sinking feeling that comes with a door not just closed, but bolted shut, the key permanently out of our reach.

We know what it’s like to hold on to a hope that cannot hold up. But this was not that. This was an unbreakable, undeniable, unsinkable hope.

Yes, the two on the Emmaus Road had all but given up that a redeemer was coming. But then they saw Jesus breaking bread in front of their eyes. Yes, the disciples gathered, grieving the death of the one to whom they’d given their lives. But they would soon touch the scarred hands of the Savior. Yes, the friends of Jesus walked weeping to the tomb that morning. But they walked away rejoicing.

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the light-clad angels at the empty tomb. “He is not here, but he has risen!” (vv. 5-6). Their teacher, their prophet, their friend—their hope—was no longer dead in the grave.

When the risen Jesus dined with the Eleven that evening, He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (v. 44). Everything—all the promises and prophecies of God—are fulfilled in Jesus.

The stories are all true. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior, who lived a life perfectly obedient and pleasing to the Father, bore the punishment of death for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day, conquering death forever and reconciling us to God the Father.

For every hope that comes up empty, for every grave that remains closed, there is the faithful refrain of a loving, living Savior who calls to us: Repent and receive forgiveness (Acts 2:38). Believe and have life (John 3:16-17). Come to me, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed.

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  • Sabrina Michelle

    Glory to God for ever!!!

  • Kathy Robinson

    When will the new study start?

    • Brittany

      The very next day, friend. SRT never misses a beat :) It’s already up now on the website, going through 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kathy, the 1&2 Timothy and Titus plan started today and is now available on our website and for a small fee on the app. Hope that helps!

  • Kerry Terry

    Praise to God! Thank you Jesus! May we all hold on to the hope we have in Jesus on this blessed Resurrection day.

  • Ashley Danielle

    Amen!!!!! So grateful for His sacrifice!

  • Susan Naniot

    Amen! And thank you! Blessed Easter to you all!

  • I am praying for my children to once again encounter Jesus and love and accept Him. Today’s scripture spoke to me. When the two met Him and He opened the scriptures to them and when they recognised Jesus they said, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us.’ Later again when the others encountered Jesus it is written Jesus opened their minds. I pray for my kids to encounter Jesus once again and that He opens their minds and their hearts burn within them and they may believe and be restored in a loving relationship with Him again. Amen

    • Becky

      I’m praying with you for your children, Sarina. I a m praying also for my sons and other family. That they would once again encounter Jesus and choose Him.

      • Sarina

        Thank you Becky. God bless. Praying for you and your family as well.

  • Praise God for His only begotten son who He sacrificed for us and then He Arose, HE AROSE, HE AROSE!!!! HALLELUJAH JESUS HAS RISEN AND WE ARE SAVED!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Hannah-Rose Ingham

    Did our hearts not BURN within us?

  • Peony Noirr

    He is risen! He is risen indeed!

  • Sarah D.

    He is Risen!! So thankful for you all on SRT, it’s been an awesome growing with you all. God is broken down my walls, is breaking the chains, and drawing me back to Himself. So thankful for all that He has done, is doing, and will do. Praying that I would trust in the Savior who brings life and life to the full!! Love you all!!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Sarah, we’re so glad to hear that and are so grateful that you’re a part of our community. We’re praying for you! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

  • Tanya Herrera Rodriguez

    He is risen! Hope is alive!

  • He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

  • Jessica Terpstra

    Hallelujah! May our hearts burn within us as we continue to study His Word! Thankful for this role of the Holy Spirit!

  • Sancia Dalley

    I can’t help but wonder what if Jesus had disobeyed His Father like we so often do? What if He decided he had had enough, like we often do? What if the burden was too great so He gave up, like we often do? So much about these scriptures and the awesomeness of The Lord Jesus makes me burn inside. I’m so overwhelmed by His grace and mercy but even more so today. Hoping I can do better at being humbly obedient to Him and His direction for my life. God is so Perfect, so Good, so Awesome, and so Faithful.

  • Lois Wilson

    Two phrases stuck out today; (NLT) Luke24:32 “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us and explained the Scriptures to us?” (I love the burn within us part) and also vs.41 “Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder” (disbelief AND joy running intermingled …I can relate to that). ❤️

  • Rachel Alcorn

    In his presence there is a fullness of joy!

  • Natasha Pavez

    There is always the light – and the light is that Jesus is alive! We are so blessed to worship a living Saviour, one who we can speak to and know He is there, and (most importantly!) one who has the power to forgive all sins. Thank you, Jesus, for such a sacrifice!

    Also, I don’t know if this is available all around the world, but this year I was getting texts from HolyText about the lead up to Easter – the events as they happened in real time according to my time zone. It really encouraged me to remember what Easter was all about and I recommend it!

  • April DawnKeenan

    Happy Easter friends. Prayers for a resurrected spirit in us all. He’s alive!! Amen

  • Debbie Miller

    Amen and alleluia! What a beautiful way to end our Lenten study together. Our Hope that does not disappoint. He HAS risen and we CAN hope. Praise be to God!

  • Janella Rollert

    Hallelujah! He is risen!

  • Sara Dis

    This precious reminder is what we all need. Thank God for Resurrection Sunday— A time of peace that we all can celebrate His sacrifice for us. Not just today, but everyday. He brings forth new hopes and promises a new creation for all who believe He is who He says He is.

  • Alleluia He has risen indeed!

  • Nora Gomez

    May our eyes and hearts be opened today so that the truth of His sacrifice permeates every part of our lives so that we may live redeemed lives for Him. Happy resurrection day everyone!

  • Lina Klein

    Amen and amen!

  • Jennifer

    Thank You, Jesus!

  • Tracy Sims

    Amen!

  • Wanda Smith

    Hallelujah and Amen!

  • Stacy Kilcup

    He is Risen!!!

  • Andi Clark

    Amen amen amen!

  • Penny O’Connell

    I serve a risen Savior!

  • Sarah ElizabethMoran

    Amen!!

  • Naomi Meiburger

    He is Risen!

  • Melanie HallWilliams

    Amen!

  • Churchmouse

    Because “the stories are all true,” my life has been changed forever. Death has no victory. I am His and one day I will see Him face to face. As the chorus says “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, every fear is gone. I know He holds my life, my future in His hands. Because He lives!”

  • He sat down with his 11 disciples. Eleven is a master number which stands for divine guidance. Jesus was at the right place and at the right time. He is the energy that permeate us as love. I am reading a lot of sacred texts about the life of Jesus which we did not know. He was the greastest magi of his time.

    • Churchmouse

      “You shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins…”
      “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
      “My Lord and my God!”

  • Eustacia

    He is risen indeed!! Oh how I love Him so!!!

  • Yes! Our Savior is risen, indeed!

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