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    By Scott McChrystal
    "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace" (Acts 20:24, NIV). ...

     



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April 5, 2013 - An Easter Postscript

By Gary Rogers

On the first day of the week when the women approached Jesus' tomb, their hearts beat with the grief of witnessing the Lord's execution. The crucifixion scene was still very fresh in their minds. They could recall Jesus' brutal treatment and agonizing death with far too specific detail.

The sights and sounds and anguish of Calvary were a part of these ladies as much as the clothing they were wearing. Their heads hung low with sorrow as they now came near the tomb with the duty of handling Jesus' mutilated body and applying the spices and fragrant oils that were part of their burial custom.

Soon their grief changed to complete joy and ecstatic jubilation. There at the tomb, instead of seeing the mangled corpse of Jesus, they saw angels with a countenance like lightning and clothing as white as snow. Instead of handling Jesus' remains, Mary was permitted to touch the risen Lord. In fact, she so grabbed hold of the Lord that John 20:17 records Jesus saying, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father" (NKJV).

Jesus had a mission for Mary: to go and tell the disciples the joyful news. Imagine Mary's passion as she held on to her risen Savior. Jesus was very much alive, and all the dread of entering a tomb and dealing with a corpse was now replaced with that joyful embrace.

What joy the Resurrection still brings. A life filled with dread and empty pursuits can be transformed. Jesus lives, and because He lives we can have a bright today and a shining tomorrow! Life takes on new meaning thanks to Jesus' victory over death and sin and the grave. Things we faced with agonizing dread now have a new perspective.

Jesus arose victorious, and we can enjoy life and live it abundantly!

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.