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Life After Death: It’s What Jesus Does

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men.

The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples the news. Just then Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came up, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” (Matt. 28:1–10, CSB)

He is not here. For He has risen, just as He said.

The Resurrection is our hope. Wild, unbounded, life-changing, holding-us-forever hope!

It’s our path forward when it seems like all roads have disappeared.

It’s our fuel to put one foot in front of the other when our tank is at zero.

It’s our safety net when everything else threatens us.

It’s our beaming light in the middle of the darkest night.

It’s our rescue from certain death. The Resurrection is our life.

So we wake up today with hope filling our lungs, because Jesus is the only One who can resurrect what was dead—even the grimmest of deaths.

What’s dark in your life today? What hurts? What resurrection are you praying for? What death have you watched take place in your life?

Jesus resurrects. Jesus breathes new life into broken pieces.

The outcome may not be what we expect, but we can trust that Jesus sees you waiting for resurrection. He loves you in the midst of the wait, and He is making all things new (Rev. 21:5)

Life after death. That is what Jesus does. The death pits are no match for Him. Resurrection is His mission.

So breathe, friend. Breathe in the big, untamable hope of Jesus’ Resurrection from the grave.

About Author

Samantha Nieves

Samantha loves lazy lake days, strong coffee, and writing about the ways Jesus transforms our everyday messes into beautiful stories. She digs the four seasons in northern Indiana, is probably wearing a Notre Dame crew neck, and serves as the social media manager on the Revive Our Hearts staff.

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