Saturday March 26, 2005
The Message of the Resurrection
Imagine what it must have been like to know that the man you followed for three years, who claimed to be the Son of God, was dead. He had said that no one could take His life from Him - He could lay it down and pick it up again - and that He could call upon a legion of angels.
Where were all those angels? What happened to the kingdom He promised? For Jesus' followers, the days after the Crucifixion must have been full of disappointment and anxiety.
But then a word of hope broke through the disciples desolation: "He's alive!" God brought them from the pit of despair to the pinnacle of jubilation. The most awesome message the world has ever heard is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is a living Lord.
Christianity is unique because the Resurrection encourages us with word of a living Jesus. All other so-called prophets and founders of different religions have died. While their followers can go to a tomb and pay homage to dry bones, we can sing joyous praises to our Lord, who hears us! (1 John 5:14) The Christian faith has such powerful music because we Christ-followers have tremendous joy in our heart. The Son of God is living within each one of us, and we cannot hold the excitement inside.
Of all the religions in the world, ours is the only one with the evidence and the right to praise a living God. Jesus is alive at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34); He also lives in the heart of every single believer. What a reason to rejoice!
Be sure to tell your teen about Teen Connection - the official teen outreach of In Touch Ministries. This cutting-edge web site is filled with practical content, including articles, interviews, a study guide, and devotionals, for teenagers of all spiritual maturity levels. The featured interview for March is best-selling band Caedmon's Call. Check out Teen Connection today!
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