Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

I believe in the Resurrection

I believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead!  But despite Scriptural proof of this glorious fact, many people still don’t believe.  If you want to enjoy the blessings of God, pay heed to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself “and be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27)! 

As Christians, we know that God’s plan of redemption was not fulfilled until Jesus was raised from the dead.  Our faith is founded upon the fact that Jesus was born of a virgin, that He was crucified and died for our sins, that He rose again on the third day to live eternally, and that He is coming again. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:14 says, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”  But we know that Jesus was raised from the dead and lives forever more.  

Read carefully this passage of Scripture from the book of John that describe Peter’s and John’s discovery of Jesus’ resurrection. 

JOHN 20: 1-8

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.

2 Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple , whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him.

3  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. 

4 So they ran both together:  and the other disciple did out run Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. 

John arrived at Jesus, sepulcher first that morning when he and Peter raced to the tomb.  Yet notice that John stopped at the tomb’s entrance and simply looked inside.  But when Peter arrived at the tomb, he did not hesitate or slow his stride in the least.  He ducked his head and went inside the tomb. 

Then John followed Peter inside the tomb.  They found Jesus’ grave clothes – evidence that Jesus was there.  The Jewish custom was to wrap their head in a cloth, forming a swaddling wrapping of linen similar to a cocoon.  Peter and John found these grave clothes and the napkin or cloth that had been laid over Jesus’ face.  But Jesus wasn’t there The tomb was empty! 

All the evidence of His death was there, but the person who died was not there!  And the passage of Scripture says, “John saw it and believed.”  (John 20:8)

 

"Have a Great Resurrection Day with your family and friends."

                                                                       

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Word for Today:  " Forgiveness" 

Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23:24)  Words are powerful, one of the last words Jesus said while hanging from the cross were words of forgiveness. His words on the cross are a powerful example of how you and I ought to treat those who mistreat us. Can you follow Jesus' example and forgive those who mistreat you?