Luke 24:8 says, “Then they remembered His words.” This passage describes the experience of the women who found Jesus’ empty tomb on Easter morning.

When they saw the stone rolled away and no sign of the body of Christ, they were met by two brilliant angel messengers. These messengers proclaimed, “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” The passage then says, “Then they remembered His words.”

These women walked with Jesus, witnessed the miracles he performed, and sat under his teaching. They heard him speak of his resurrection, but they still had to be reminded of it when they needed it most.

It is sometimes easy for me to be critical of these disciples for missing something as obvious as a resurrection prophecy. But, when I examine my own life, I have to be honest about all of the promises that Jesus has made to me that I need to be reminded of as well.
Jesus has said:
I will be with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
You will do even greater works than me” (John 14:12).
I have come that you might have life and life to the full” (John 10:10).
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27).
Sometimes I need to be reminded of these words.

This Easter we can reflect together that Jesus’ resurrection is the culmination of his purpose to bring us life. We can remind ourselves and those around us that in the face of a world of brokenness and difficult times, Jesus promises hope and restoration.

Our travel team, led by Dr. Anderson that went into Ukraine a week ago, got to see firsthand the resilient faith of the believers there. They continue to serve and proclaim the hope of the Gospel in the darkest of times. We sat and spoke with them and we reminded each other of God’s power to bring healing to the broken. We needed to remind each other of this. Even though we have heard it before, sometimes we need to hear it again, that Christ has promised resurrection; He has promised new life.
So today, here and around the world, we work to remember what Christ has said.

He is risen from the dead!


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