Mark 16:6 An Empty Tomb!

Empty grave

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 

Easter is a holiday that is celebrated around the world. Children all over the world are often looking forward to candy and the Easter bunny. The majority of the focus is on the candy and having a fun time.

While searching for eggs and candy is going on, there are also many people talking about Jesus. The same questions arise every year around the world: Who was Jesus? Was Jesus real? What did Jesus teach? Did Jesus rise from the dead?

From the world’s point of view, it does not make sense that Jesus rose from the dead. No one rises from the dead, or he was not really dead.

Many people had been standing there watching as Jesus was crucified on the cross. They saw Him physically die and get buried in a tomb. As this occurred they had forgotten what Jesus had said would happen.

Three days later as some women went to the tomb, they got there and found out that His body was no longer there. They were afraid. Yet, an angel was there who told them not to be afraid, because Jesus had risen just as He said He would.

The world tries to deny that Jesus did actually rise from the dead. If He did rise from the dead, then it means He was right. If He was right, that also means that people are dead in sins, unless they turn to Him. The world does not want to be wrong, so they continue to deny the truth. They do not want to change their ways to follow God.

As a believer, you can be confident that Jesus did rise from the dead. And if He rose from the dead, He will forgive you and save you for all eternity.

Give your life to God and follow Jesus. He is the conqueror of life and death, nothing can destroy Him.

Today celebrate what Jesus did for you by dying upon the cross so that you may live for all eternity. Do not be like the world and question whether Jesus is alive.

He is alive!

Know this and believe it!

Let the world know that Jesus is alive today and the tomb is empty.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that Jesus is alive; that you will tell others that Jesus is alive; and that you will serve God with all of your life.

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1 Samuel 2:2 No One Other Than God

Solid rock

“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 

In the world people are trying to say that all the different gods are all the same. The world believes that a person can believe in any religion or any god that they want and they will be able to get into heaven and heave eternal life. Churches have risen up that teach that all the gods are the same as long as a person truly believes in that god and follows his ways.

When God had blessed Hannah with a son, she gave a prayer to God. In that prayer she recognized that there is no one like God at all. He was set apart as holy and as a solid rock.

There are hundreds of different religions and thousands of different gods that people worship and serve in this world. In all of them, except God, people have to work to be saved and their ways are constantly changing. The requirements are never the same for every person.

God is very different from the other gods. He is the one who came to man first to draw mankind to Him. He does not hide somewhere and then tell man that he must find Him. God makes Himself known.

God is also a solid rock. He does not change from day-to-day or person to person. He is the same yesterday, today and forever with every person regardless of the person’s status in this life. His requirements are the same–believe in Jesus and forgiveness of sins.

It is very simple to follow Jesus and God’s commands. Love God and love others with everything in a person.

With all the other religions, it is a complex set of rules and there are many variables. No one can know that they are saved for sure, accept with Jesus.

Take time to look at who Jesus and God really are. What do they mean to you?

If  you are looking at other beliefs and religions, realize that all the other gods are not real, they are man-made. With man-made gods, they are always changing and there is no simple set of commands to be saved.

Jesus provides you forgiveness and eternal life, without some complex set of rules and requirements. Trust in Jesus alone as the eternal Rock in your life.

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how faithful God is; that you will know the holiness of God; that you will know that Jesus is the only way to heaven; and that you will love God with all of your life. 

Ruth 4:14 The Guardian-Redeemer

Dove above a well

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!” Ruth 4:14 

Sometimes in life people go through some tough times and feel as if there is no hope left. No matter where they look, all they see is trouble. No matter what they do, all they get is trouble.

It is at this point that many turn to drugs, false gods, other spirits, things, people, or even death. They want to give up and quit. In their eyes there is no hope available, there is no reason to keep fighting to move forward.

Yet, there is a hope.

Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were without husbands. Each husband had died. Then came a severe famine in their land. There was nothing left. However, when they returned to Israel, to Bethlehem, God had a plan in place for them.

It was there that Ruth met Boaz. After a time, he chooses to take care of Naomi and marries Ruth. The women of the town quickly began to say that he is their guardian-redeemer, the one who is to take care of them. Later Ruth has a child, Obed, who is the father of Jesse, who is the father of David. A thousand years later, a grandchild is born of David–Jesus.

Jesus is the one who became the guardian-redeemer of all people who believe in Him and follow God.

As time went along, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David and Jesus all died, however, only Jesus arose from the dead to be the eternal Guardian-Redeemer. He bought back all the people of God from the world and Satan. He provides everything that a person needs, including the most precious thing–life.

You may be going through tough times right now. It may look as though there is no hope, but only death to end it all. It may look as though God is against you and forgotten you.

However, Jesus and the Father will never forget you. You are written in the palm of His hand. It was for you that Jesus shed His blood on the cross. You have a hope that will last for all eternity.

Believing in and following Jesus will be an eternal hope. He will be your Guardian-Redeemer, Savior forever. You have a hope that the world does not know about.

Don’t give up now. You have a Guardian-Redeemer!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is for you; that you will know Jesus paid for your life and will keep it; and that you will know the hope you have of eternity with God in heaven some day.