Easter came and went. You probably found all your eggs and ate all your chocolate. We came together at church to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, and sometimes, we don’t think about it again until next Easter. But I have a newsflash for you: Jesus is still risen! The story continues on. Jesus didn’t just resurrect and then peace out. He did a lot more than just disprove YOLO.Inflatable Advertising Arch
“He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
What did Jesus say when he was speaking about the kingdom of God? These were the last conversations Jesus had before He ascended, which caused His disciples to rise up and to reach out for the kingdom of God!
Seek and Find — John 20:1-18
“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” (v.15).
The first person Jesus spoke to after His resurrection was Mary Magdalene, the woman who had seven demons come out of her (Lk. 8:2). She went to the tomb early in the morning to give Jesus a proper burial, and after seeing the stone was rolled away, she ran to the disciples. But she was soon alone, weeping outside the tomb (vv.10-11). But then Jesus revealed Himself to her by calling her by name, and she joyfully responded. She was seeking, but Jesus sought her and called her. She desired to do the impossible—carry the full weight of a dead body that was covered in a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes (v.15)—because she loved Jesus. She wept because she loved.
Forget Fear — Matthew 28:1-10
“Do not be afraid” (v.10).
The women who went to the tomb early in the morning were afraid because they just saw their Lord crucified. But when they saw their resurrected Lord, everything changed: “Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ [Rejoice!] And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid” (vv.9-10). Do you know what command is repeated the most in the Bible? It is “Fear not!” or “Do not be afraid.” Here Jesus say this to you today, and know that He is with you.