Remembering God's Miracles: The Resurrection
Read and reread the New Testament accounts of Jesus’s resurrection. Imagine how despairing the disciples must have felt after his death. Imagine yourself sitting with the disciples in the Upper Room when the resurrected Jesus first appeared to them. Imagine their awe upon seeing their risen Savior. “Jesus is risen!” was the battle cry of the church in its earliest years. Christians knew that if Jesus had been raised from the dead, his claims to deity had to be true. His resurrection proved his lordship over all – especially their fears. The truth about the resurrection can guide us today as well. Our worries should diminish in the face of Jesus’s resurrection. He is risen! He is alive! There is hope! This testimony to God’s resurrection power should dwarf all the worries in our lives. The New Testament Christian is frequently told to remember the resurrection. Paul wrote to the Romans: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11). The same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in the heart of every believer. Remember the resurrection. Jesus’s tomb is empty. He is not dead. He conquered sin, death, and the devil. Every follower of Jesus must drive this reality deep into his or her memory. And if the resurrection is true, there is nothing beyond God’s miraculous power to remedy. Our problems, even the coronavirus, are petty before the great God of the universe, who can raise his Son from the dead. Remember Jesus’s resurrection. You can place your problems in the shadows of Friday or the light of the empty tomb on Sunday. When we truly believe that death no longer has a sting and has lost its victory over us, we are free. Anxiety flees. Don’t be anxious! God’s got this.