Victorious Joy, Victorious Hope

Jesus was dead. The man that the disciples had followed, trusted, was dead. Their hope was shattered, they were scattered. 

“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”(Matthew 28:1-10)

As followers of Christ, we hang on these three words “He is Risen.” Its what our entire faith is built off of, that our God that took away our sins is not dead but alive and here and in relationship with us. Its what gives us joy and hope. 
Jesus’s death was not the end but the beginning. Satan thought he had won and killed Jesus. Jesus rose again, defeating death, defeating Satan and his demons. Opening Himself up to us for us to have relationship with Him. 
Easter is not a time of eggs and candy and the Easter Bunny, its a time of victory.  A victory that is daily, a victory that is not only for Easter. I realized my joy today was more than usual. I wanted to tell everyone of Jesus’s resurrection as they came through my line at work. It was overflowing, uncontrollable joy. Joy like those women had when they made it down to the tomb, saw it empty and heard that Jesus was risen. He was alive. Everyday though should be like that though. I should wake up everyday with that same thought of victory, victorious joy and hope. I want to go to work, school, everywhere with that excitement. Running everywhere to tell people the good news that Jesus is not dead but ALIVE!!
Have a blessed Easter ya’ll,
Joseph.  

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