Day 95 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Reading: Acts 2: 32 – 36
We tend to think of the resurrection of Jesus as a doctrine; a doctrine that we need to believe, in order to be saved. After all, Paul says as much in Romans 10: 9 – “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
But it wasn’t that for Peter. Peter is speaking of something that he himself, together with the other disciples, had witnessed – seen, touched, conversed with. Peter is compelled, firstly, by his own experience of Jesus’ resurrection, to talk about it. That’s quite understandable…if a friend of yours had died and then come back to life it would form the main part of any conversation you had, I am sure. If you went to the hairdresser you would find a way to say “you won’t believe what happened…my friend died and then came back to life”; at school, at work, in the office, wherever you went…you would tell people about this amazing experience. Why? Because people don’t ordinarily come back from the dead; it’s unheard of, it’s weird.
But oh…if someone did! If someone did overcome death…wouldn’t that give all of us undreamt of hope?
My God, death is so much with us. We just accept that that’s how things are. But You did something with Jesus that makes us question the ‘normality’ of death. Lord, fill me anew today with fresh hope for the destiny of men and women.
For the family
You will find the resource below a helpful guide to celebrating Easter with the family