Matthew 28:1-15 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”  11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Luke 24:5-7 (NIV)

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!  Remember how he told you… “The Son of Man must be…crucified and on the third day be raised again.'”

DEVOTION – Philip Polo (Nairobi, Kenya)

In our Bible discussion, we looked at the four Gospels’ accounts of the resurrection of Jesus.  We discovered that each of the Gospels reports a different version of how the events took place.

Even though the Gospels present different accounts of the resurrection, all four agree on one central truth: our crucified Lord overcame death and rose again after three days, as he had promised (Luke 24:7).  To us who believe, Christ’s victory over death granted salvation and the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

As we celebrate and commemorate the risen Lord this Easter, I am comforted to know that we are all heirs of God’s kingdom through his resurrection.  We may come from different denominational backgrounds and see God’s work differently, but we are all united in our joy as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What does the Easter celebration mean to you?

PRAYER:  Dear loving God, thank you for the gift of salvation through your risen son Jesus Christ, who resurrection we unite to celebrate.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Christians Who Live in Non-Christian Settings and Countries