The Resurrection • Devotion #5: Just as He Told You

The resurrection of Jesus is profoundly significant to our Christian faith. We worship and serve a LIVING Savior. I have always found the story of Mary and the disciples discovering that Jesus had risen from the grave fascinating. He had told them multiple times that He would not stay dead, that He would be resurrected, yet I think they did not quite believe it, even though they had seen Him bring others back from death.

Mary Magdalene and the disciples were in deep mourning, so much so they seemed to have forgotten all that Jesus taught them. He had told them, I will rise on the third day, yet on that third day, the disciples were still in hiding and Mary was making her way to His grave to treat His body. It is such a clear picture of what we do sometimes. God tells us, “I am faithful, good, and loving” but we move about in our lives as if we cannot be sure that it is true.

Can you picture it? Mary was heading to the tomb to treat a body that she had been told would not be there, and when she got there, the shock of the truth was realized. Look at Mark 16:7, “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, JUST AS HE TOLD YOU” (Emphasis mine). Also, look at Luke 24:6, “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee?” Mary and His disciples were moving about as if what Jesus had told them might not be true, they had a contingency plan. Mary walked to His grave to treat His body just in case he had not risen. His disciples were hiding just in case He had not risen from the grave like He said He would.

Yet, here we are, so much like them, living our lives with a contingency, “Well if God does not show up I should be prepared to handle it myself.” How would our lives look different if we simply live a life without a spiritual contingency? Would we live more boldly? Would we live a life that is more faithful to God?

What contingency do you have in your life? What is the one that you hold onto just in case God does not show up as He promises? Maybe, just maybe, if you released those and fully embraced the promises of God, you could see what He has for you.

I love the verse in Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 CSB). Can we live without a contingency and rest in His promises that He is holding us in His righteous hand?

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