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Last week-end my husband and I had a date night.  He invited me to go to the movies with him.  We rarely go to the movies for a number of reasons, but I am so glad we went to see the newly released movie, “Risen”.

The story of Christ’s resurrection is told by a Roman Tribune named Clavious.  He is a man who is serving Rome and works directly under Pilate.  His world is filled with death and bloodshed.  He has been given the impossible assignment, to guard and secure the tomb where Christ is buried.  When the body of Jesus is missing, an unhappy Pilot then gives the Tribune the assignment to locate the body of Jesus.  Much of the story can be supported by the scripture, other parts cannot but is nevertheless true to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.

I walked away thinking how challenging it was not only to live in such a time but to embrace something so foreign as a dead person coming to life, for a Jew never mind a Roman.  It was hard for the followers of Jesus to receive this truth, and Jesus had prepared them for His resurrection.

Luke 24:1-8 (NASB) 1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words,……

I am sure when Jesus said He would rise again on the third day they did not fully perceive the reality they were living.

The truth is Jesus fulfilled ALL things that were written about His coming:

Luke 24:44 (NASB)  Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

Then…for the word goes on to say in Luke 24:45…..  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures….

He goes on as recorded in verses 46-49……
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

May you and I be overwhelmed by the TRUTH of the resurrection of Jesus.  During this season of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus let us pray that He would open our minds to fully understand the Scriptures and to be clothed with power from on high.  That we might go forth and be His witnesses where God has planted us.

Be blessed this Resurrection Day,
Patricia Wenzel
WOC Graduate

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