By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen and ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL
If you have carefully read the Bible from cover-to-cover, you have noticed that it records many amazing miracles. Miracles are God’s intervention into our circumstances, during which he does amazing things. For example, we read in the book of Genesis about the miraculous creation of the heavens and the earth in only six 24-hour days, and the miraculous flooding of the whole earth, from which only 8 persons were spared God’s judgment by getting into Noah’s ark. Of course, many animals got into the ark, too, which in itself was miraculous because God compelled them to get into the ark. These are only 3 miracles of many recored in the Old Testament. Many other miracles are recorded in the New Testament. One of them was the conception of Jesus, the Son of God, in the womb of the virgin Mary. A man did not have a part in the Lord’s conception in her womb. Another New Testament miracle was the Lord’s feeding of thousands of persons by multiplying a few loaves of bread and a few fish to feed the whole crowd.
But these and the many other miracles recored in the Bible are not as amazing as the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. What makes this miracle the most amazing of them all? It is the fact that Jesus Christ raised himself from the dead! His body was dead, but his soul was alive! He was conscious after death, and was able to bring his body back to life!
The ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL for today, Saturday, April 19, 2014, is about this subject. It is posted here with permission of ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL. You can get ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL free by email each day, if you sign up for it. Click on the following link to do so: www.anchordevotional.org. Here is today’s reading:
I Will Raise It Again
“‘What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.'”
The Saturday before Resurrection Day is somewhat of a mysterious day to us. While the events of the previous day are so graphic and detailed and the following day is so glorious, the time between Good Friday and Easter seems insignificant. Many people ask, “What was Jesus doing on Saturday?” Though we may long for more detail, Scripture provides us with all we need to know.
One solution to the mystery is obvious: Jesus was proving that He was really dead. By proving He was dead, He proved that His resurrection was resurrection, not resuscitation. There was no way a crucified human body could resuscitate after being placed in a cold, stone chamber for all that time. As He predicted, He raised Himself from the dead, holding the power over life and death, even while His own body was dead.
Jesus still has that kind of power. Nothing is impossible to Someone who has raised Himself from death. Even when our lives seem like they’re at a dead end, He is working to prove His resurrection power in us.
ON THE FIRST SABBATH GOD RESTED FROM CREATION. ON THIS SABBATH GOD THE SON RESTED IN THE TOMB. EVEN WHEN GOD RESTS, HE’S LORD OVER ALL.
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