As He Said

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Written by Alecia Swoope

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Matthew 28:6 NKJV

“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ And they remembered His words.”
Luke 24:6-8 NKJV

He is risen! He is risen indeed! A call and response that many of us will repeat in the coming days. It’s a reminder of the central event that redeems us, reconciles us, and galvanizes our faith. As believers in Christ, it’s the reality that He is risen that governs our lives. It governs our thoughts, our actions, our desires, our appetites, and ultimately our destiny. The truth that He is risen is the central compelling element that gives us hope that Christ is who He says He is, and He will accomplish what He says He will accomplish. A man who predicts His own death and resurrection, and it actually happens, is one worth paying attention to. The morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, some of the women who followed Jesus went to care for His body. Much to their surprise and momentary dismay, they find no body to care for. Instead, they have an angelic encounter, confirming what Jesus had been speaking to his followers far before that moment, was unfolding before their very eyes.

Imagine the trauma of watching your loved one be violently and unjustly tortured and murdered. The women who came to the tomb were likely overwhelmed with grief, and they needed to be reminded that things were just as Jesus said. There is power in remembrance. Mental recall is connected to a moment of reality, whether perceived or actual. The reality for the followers of Christ is that He had given them an anchor of hope through the words He spoke. While the angels had to prompt the women to remember, in a moment, the words of Jesus rose to the surface of their hearts and minds and produced hope and cheer that instantly overcame their trauma and grief. While not yet having seen the risen Savior, shortly after this angelic encounter, and confirmation that their Lord is living, they ran to spread the news. Eventually, they came face to face with the resurrected Lord…but initially, all they needed was a word.

He is risen, as He said. You are justified and redeemed, as He said. You are a new being, as He said. You are loved, as He said. You are healed, as he said. You are blessed with every spiritual blessing, just as He said! The truth that we serve a God whose word can be trusted, as proven over and over—but most powerfully in the fulfilled prophecy of His victory over death—should give us hope. What has God said to you that you struggle to understand or believe? Be encouraged in knowing that if He said it, it is as He said, even if time must catch up to His word. The power of the resurrection proves His plan for us, and His word over us can be trusted, just as He said!

 

Reflect & Respond

  • What does the resurrection of Christ mean to you?
  • What has God said to or about you that you struggle to understand or believe? How does the resurrection story change that?
  • What words has God spoken to you, directly or through scripture, that have been an anchor of hope for you?
  • Even the very people who walked, talked, and were trained by Jesus needed encouragement to believe His word. What do you need to be fully persuaded and convinced of words God has spoken to you?
  • How does the resurrection of Christ change your disposition when processing hard things?

 

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