He's Alive – And So Am I
16 July 2019
John 20:19-20 ?On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.' (NIV)
By anyone's measure, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was a miracle – the most amazing miracle in history, totally unique. There are examples of the dead being raised in the Old Testament, and Jesus himself raised three people from the dead - at least, three that we know about. There have even been reports of people being raised from the dead throughout Christian history, and a few in modern times. But no one has ever been raised up from death in the same way that Jesus was. His resurrection was unique in two major respects. First of all, no other person was involved in this miracle - nobody stood praying over him, or issuing a command to rise, as he had done with others. Secondly, nobody was expecting his resurrection, no one was praying for a miracle, or exercising great faith. In Jesus' case, even those closest to him, who had the most reason to believe in him, remained totally ignorant when it came to his promised resurrection. He'd prophesied it on a number of occasions, but they just didn't understand what he was telling them at the time. How could they? This was unprecedented. After his death, his followers weren't looking for a risen Lord who was victorious over death and the grave. They weren't at the tomb, watching expectantly for a miracle, they were cringing with fear inside a locked room. Nothing quite like the resurrection of Jesus had ever happened before, and nothing quite like it has happened since. It was the single moment when God clearly, once and for all, proved that Jesus' claims were true, that he was the Son of God and that his death was accepted by God, as a sacrifice for my sins. He's alive, and so am I!
Prayer: 'Father, thank you for raising your Son from the dead, as proof of the fact that he is your Son and that his death was accepted on my behalf.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004