— Matthew 28:1-6
“Don’t be afraid!” Aren’t those beautiful words? Remember what it was like when you were a child and a parent would tell you those words, tuck you into bed, pull the covers up, and kiss you goodnight. Wouldn’t it be great if you could hear those words again?
The message of Jesus’ resurrection is this: “Don’t be afraid!”
“Don’t be afraid; I’ve been there and come out on the other side victoriously!”
“Don’t be afraid; the sting has been taken out of death and it cannot defeat you!”
“Don’t be afraid; your life matters and what you do counts!”
Listen closely and you can hear our Father say, “Don’t be afraid; my Son and your older brother Jesus has conquered death. All death can do is bring you home!”
“Don’t be afraid; Jesus has risen from the dead just as he said he would!”
Almighty and victorious God, thank you for the victory that is mine in Jesus. Please help me to live a victorious life over sin, over selfishness, and over failure. I pray this not so that my life will be easy, but that you be glorified and Jesus may be known as Lord in the hearts of my friends. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Hebrews 2:14-18
- 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
- Hebrews 12:2-3