Hearts of Christians

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, April 16, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

The two angels (appearing as “two men . . . clothed in dazzling robes”) asked the women why they were looking in a tomb for someone who was alive. Often we run into people who are looking for God among the dead. They study the Bible as a mere historical document and go to church as if going to a memorial service. But Jesus is not among the dead—he lives! He reigns in the hearts of Christians, and He is the head of His church. Do you look for Jesus among the living? Do you expect Him to be active in the world and in the church? Look for signs of His power—they are all around you. (NLT)

Luke 24:1-12 – But very early on Sunday morning the women came to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside. So they went in, but they couldn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were puzzled, trying to think what could have happened to it. Suddenly, two men appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again the third day?”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. The women who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others. They told the apostles what had happened, but the story sounded like nonsense, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

When [the women] returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and all the others. –Luke 24:9 (CEB)

Here is a portion of Rob Fuquay’s (Indiana) story:

“None of the biblical accounts explains how the Resurrection took place. . . .

. . . The scripture simply tells us that people at Jesus’ tomb were seeking the living among the dead. Perhaps the Bible is telling us something important by leaving out the details: God is at work even when we can’t see God in action. God is still doing something when we think God is done. Most importantly, the Easter story communicates by its lack of detail that we don’t have to understand how God works in order for God to work.

“The women who went to the tomb on Easter morning expected to find a dead body. They did not expect a miracle but kept living faithfully and demonstrated their devotion. In the process, they experienced renewed hope and ran to share it with others.

“Even when we don’t feel like it, we can act on our faith, serve others, give generously, ad worship faithfully. In this way, we put ourselves in a position to experience what God can do – what God is already doing.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I can experience the hope that Jesus’ resurrection offers.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the miracle of Easter. Give us the strength to serve others even when it isn’t easy. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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