1. Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb.
2. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it.
3. His face shone like lightening, and his clothing was as white as snow.
4. The guards shook for fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
5. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” He said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
6. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said it would happen. Come, see where His body was lying.
7. And now, go quickly and tell His disciples He has been raised from the dead, and He is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there. Remember, I have told you.”
Matt 28:1-7 (NLT)
This is the Resurrection story! This is the time of year when we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Easter season is one of the most joyous of all festivals that the Church celebrates.
Last week we discussed the second blessing the Resurrection brought, and that is, “Peace” Today we will speak of the third Blessing the Resurrection brought which is “Purity” of life.
The person who had received pardon from sin by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior now needs to live a life of Purity. Through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, (His death, burial, and resurrection) the first blessing we received was the pardon for our past. According to 2 Corinthians 5: 17 it says “Therefore if nay man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.”
The first thing Jesus told His disciple after His glorious Resurrection was “Peace be unto you!” That peace is for today. Then of course the third Blessing the Resurrection brought is Purity of life for the future.
ROMANS 6: 18, 22
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Because of the purity that was imparted to us in Christ Jesus, we can live a life free from sin with fruit unto holiness. The fruit of holiness is Purity. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy on this point in his first letter to him, it says, “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself PURE.” (1 Tim. 4:22).
Regardless of your past, when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you were pardoned and your sins were wiped out. Once you were pardoned, you were given the peace of God. So don’t let your past hinder you anymore.
When you were pardoned by God through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, you were also given Purity. Don’t ever say that you are unholy. Instead, say, “I am PURE because of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
Word for Today: "Word of Life"
Words have power. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned by our words.” They can bring either happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student. The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.” Our words impact everyone. Question, “Are you maximizing the effectiveness as a leader by choosing words of life?”