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Resurrection Possibilities

Daily Reading:  John 20

 

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb...The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;. (John 20.6, 8)

 

Devotional Thought: Resurrection! On the first Easter morning, Peter and John (identified as ‘the other disciple, the one Jesus loved’), had heard that the tomb was empty!  They ran to the tomb, and John, who was probably the younger of the two, arrived first.  John hesitated to enter the tomb.  But, when Peter arrived, he went on in to the tomb

 

Do you see the resurrection possibilities in this story?

·       Peter was behind, and John had gotten to the empty tomb first.  But, Peter kept coming!  Perhaps you have had times like that in your spiritual life.  Even when we are slow to see what God is doing, we need to keep moving toward resurrection possibilities!

·       When Peter arrived he went into the tomb while John hesitated outside.  Why?  Fear of being disappointed, respect for Jesus' grave, or perhaps an overwhelming sense of excitement kept John out.  Peter, though slower, had no such inhibitions.  He just kept on moving toward the goal.  When we begin to see and understand, that is not the time to stop.  We need to follow through toward the resurrection possibilities

·       Peter’s courage and faith had an immediate impact on John.  When John saw Peter go in, he overcame his hesitation and entered the empty tomb for himself.  Because Peter - though slower to arrive - kept on going, John found the courage and desire to do so as well.  There are people all around us who want to have hope, who want to believe in resurrection possibilities, but they are waiting for us who say we believe to demonstrate our confidence in resurrection possibilities.

 

May God fill your life with resurrection possibilities today!

 

Prayer: Jesus, you are alive!  Help me in this holy season of resurrection possibilities to believe in your resurrection and to demonstrate that belief in what I do.  May others be encouraged to believe as well.  Amen.

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalms 38.17-22

17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.

18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.

19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.

20 Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me!

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

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