The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18 states, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.”
By his death Jesus paid the price for our sin. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). However, the Christian message doesn’t end at the cross. There is the resurrection miracle! God not only demonstrated His mighty power in raising Christ from the dead He placed His stamp of approval on the saving work of Christ on the cross. The resurrection confirms the hope we have in Christ.
Returning to the disciples on the first Easter morning Mary Magdalene announced, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” (John 20:2)
“So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separated from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.” (John 20:3-8)
Peter’s testimony to the resurrection of Jesus is remarkable from one who denied his Lord before the crucifixion.
Peter declared, “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,… This man was handed over…and you,…put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keeps its hold on him. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.”
Have you seen to the power of the cross and the resurrection miracle at work in the lives of people around you? Over recent months I have been privileged to observe the mighty power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, bring new life to AA, OF, ZM, LJ, CA, RV, SV, GA and LL. I also have the privilege of observing the love of God seeking out others, CS, JB, KP, AM, MM, BS, and GM, drawing them to himself, that they to may discover the new life that comes through receiving the living Christ as Saviour.