My Grace-Full Life

4.21.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Hope at the Tomb

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Can you imagine that Sunday morning?
Arriving at the tomb, overwhelmed with grief, and learning that your loved one was no longer there?
In Luke 24:5b-6a, the angel said to the women, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
I can only guess at the complete confusion the women must have felt.
These are the words we focus on at the resurrection story and they are beautiful, amazing, wonderful words.
But let’s take the second half of verse 6 and verse 7, which say, “Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
I can’t help but wonder if that reminder ignited a flame of hope…
Verse 8 says, “And they remembered his words…”
As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and I wonder if as the women’s view of the situation became clearer, the flicker of hope shed light on the empty tomb.
Yesterday, we talked about how hopelessness is a liar and it’s because of this moment!
As long as we draw breath, we have hope for salvation in Jesus.
He defeated death so that our earthly deaths don’t have the final say!
Salvation in Jesus means we have eternal life with Him.
Until we are united with Him in heaven, the hope of His promises and truth can shed light on any situation we face.
And here’s the truth: God is always in control and if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead as payment for our sins, we have hope.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being stronger than death!
Thank Him that because He is alive, you can experience eternal life with Him!
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live each day with the hope found at the empty tomb.
And if you haven’t asked Jesus to be your Savior, Easter Sunday is a great day to make that choice!

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