Luke 24:1-12; Genesis 43; Psalm 34
I’ve found that life has lots of turning points; times and places where our lives change because we make one choice or another. Robert Frost described that issue in the poem “The Road Not Taken.” Other turning points are outside events: the battle of the Alamo, Pearl Harbor, and 9-11 all changed the lives of people who lived at that time. There is one turning point in history that still affects all people: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those who turn to Jesus have a restored relationship with God. Those who turn away from the resurrected Christ continue to be at odds with God – often not even realizing it. The women who went out to finish the burial process were the first to experience this decision time. “The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’” (Luke 24:5) We have a resurrected Savior. He was dead, but He conquered death. This is, of course, a physical impossibility. That’s why the angels surprised the women. It is an impossibility, unless God is real and has power over life and death. Those of us who have come to this turning point in our lives and accepted this power of God have committed our lives to Him and now live in a restored relationship with Him. There is joy. There is life everlasting. God offers us the chance to follow Jesus again and again. True joy in life for me came from following Jesus; I faced that turning point and believed that Jesus died and rose for me. That joy is available to all.
Thank You God for the resurrection. You have shown Your power over death and life. I can come to You for grace and forgiveness because of Your love. May I always show Your grace, love and forgiveness to others.