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February 25, 2016, 3:47 PM

RISEN

Risen

 

As we approach Easter I've been thinking about what it means. Here are a few scriptures to consider. What is very remarkable about the early church is that they all believed Jesus rose from the dead, and their own lives were dramatically changed. Before his death they were often afraid, occasionally bewildered, and though they followed Jesus they did not emulate his qualities of faith and courage. After his death they were truly transformed into people of courage and clarity of vision. They overcame great resistance and persecution. Their own explanation of this transformation is that Jesus had been raised. Their transformed lives had such an impact that we today are inspired by the Easter experience.

 

Mark 9:31-32

(Jesus) said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” But (the disciples) did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.”

 

Hebrews 2:14-15

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

 

John 20:24-29

Now Thomas ..., one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

I Corinthians 15:3-8

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 Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters 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, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one untimely born.”

 

Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

 


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