Surrendering in Reverence

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With the Festival of Unleavened Bread now finished, the disciples returned to Galilee as Jesus had directed them. Doubt still lingered in their hearts about what was to come now that Jesus had resurrected and was gone. So, they began fishing—their familiar livelihood before following Christ.

Fishing was their means of support, their job, their source of income. It was their way of life. They found subsistence in the work of the waters. Without it, they had very little.

Yet, Jesus had taught them to find subsistence in Him. He had called them out to be fishers of men—those who cast the net of the gospel in hope that some will be drawn in. Fishing was not wrong. They were called to a higher calling, and Christ would be their livelihood.

Having caught no fish that day, the disciples heard someone cry out from the shore, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” They reluctantly tried, and fish swarmed to their nets. It was a miracle! They knew then it was Jesus.

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Satisfying in Assurance

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Throughout this mysterious day, Jesus appeared to Mary, the other women, Peter, and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now at the end of the day, they all gathered to deliberate about what was happening. The stories were too coincidental to be ignored.

Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the room and stood among them. “Peace be with you!” Despite the four appearances, the exposition of Scripture, the empty tomb, and the fact that Jesus had told them about all that would take place, they still doubted and assumed they were seeing a ghost. “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Jesus asked them.

Sin causes us to doubt and be troubled. It feeds on our perception and misguides our meditations until we convince ourselves that what we know is untrue. But God was pleased to rescue them from their doubt. He came to satisfy their wandering hearts.

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Savoring in Understanding

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The rush of Sunday morning was beginning to calm. But the excitement the risen Jesus had stirred was far from over. About seven miles from Jerusalem, two disciples were walking to Emmaus discussing the news of the empty tomb as the women described it.

The death of their Lord was still heavy on their hearts. The uncertainty of the empty tomb and the women’s extraordinary testimony was mind boggling. While the two disciples discussed what had transpired, a man inquired of them.

They shared the events with the apparent stranger. They told him about Jesus, how He ministered among the people as a prophet of God and how He stirred up the anger of the chief priests and rulers who crucified Him as a criminal. They described Him as their hope, the Messiah and King, and yet there was the empty tomb and a strange testimony from the women.

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Seeing in Amazement

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As news of the resurrection moved throughout the land, people had mixed emotions. Some wickedly desired to hide it. Some eagerly desired to tell it. And others, like Peter, desperately wanted to see it.

Among those who wanted to hide the resurrection were the chief priests. They bribed the Roman guards who stood by Jesus’ tomb. “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’” The Jewish authorities wanted to hide it.

Mary and the women, on the other hand, had spoken with Jesus. Too afraid to speak in public, they rushed to tell the disciples. “I have seen the Lord,” said Mary. She and the women wanted to tell it.

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Seeking in Wonder

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Though the sun was bright, the day was dark. The women who came to anoint the decaying body of Jesus were now doubly saddened. Not only had they witnessed His brutal beating and murder, they also had convincing evidence of His body being shamefully stolen. So they wept.

Taking one last look inside the tomb, the women noticed two angels dazzling in appearance. As they bowed in fear, the angels asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

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Sadness in Death

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On the dawn of Sunday, severe mourning swept through the land of Judea. In the hearts of some, life was fearfully different. Three days earlier, the Son of God had been brutally murdered on a cross—the symbol of a violent death.

Still lamenting His death, Mary Magdalene and other women arose early to visit the tomb and anoint the body to offset the stench of decay. They arrived and found the massive stone rolled aside and an unguarded, open tomb. Perplexed, the women rushed inside and discovered the tomb was empty. They were doubly saddened. First, they had witnessed their Lord unjustly murdered. Now, His body had been shamefully stolen. Things couldn’t get worse.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Remember the Resurrection

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Remember Jesus Christ who rose from the dead.

To accompany the recent launch of the Remember the Resurrection Devotional eBook and Daily E-mail, here is a design to help you keep the resurrection in mind. The vibrant colors were inspired by watercolor themes of Easter. The painting depicts the empty tomb—a reminder that Jesus is not dead.

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!” (2 Timothy 2:8-9)

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Remember the Resurrection: 7 Day Devotional eBook

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How often do you remember the resurrection?

After a study of the events taking place after our Lord’s resurrection, I worked to consolidate the four gospels (with the first chapter of Acts) into chronological sequence. This helped me get a clearer context of the story.

Additionally, it caused me to focus on a number of questions asked throughout the Scriptures that resonated with my personal devotions. Each of these questions made me further contemplate the importance of the resurrection in my daily life. I want to pass those contemplations on to you.

After Jesus was crucified, His disciples were deeply troubled. You can feel their sadness leaking from the pages, as if their tears were captured in the closing of the Bible. They were saddened by His death. This is where we begin our devotional journey. We will ask ourselves as the angels asked Mary, “Why are you weeping?”

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Remember the Resurrection: 7 Day Devotional Email

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How often do you remember the resurrection?

Sometimes we need to be reminded of even the most important things. That’s why I created this seven day devotional. By subscribing below, a devotional will be sent to your inbox each day, for seven days, starting tomorrow. Each devotional is a short reading to help you become more mindful of the resurrection through life lessons of faith.

We will go back in time and experience the biblical events beginning with the resurrection of Jesus and ending with His ascension. Our journey will bring us face to face with real doubts, wonder, amazement, assurance, and excitement. And, with the Lord’s help, we will look more closely at our own faith.

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