Sunday, April 8, 2012
Joshua 10:9 and Luke 10:9 "The Kingdom is Near" (April 8)
About twenty centuries ago, on this Easter Sunday, God raised Christ from those among the dead. Mary prepared 75 pounds of spices from Nicodemus to prepare his body. Joseph of Arimathea wrapped His ravaged body tightly and totally. They prepared Him for a traditional burial not a Resurrection. Nobody really expected the Christ to rise, did they ??---except the Jewish leaders. The Jewish authorities didn't want that to happen, therefore good guards protected the entrance to the grave. Even when the first reports hit the streets that the tomb was empty, the response from the disciples was one of disbelief. Jesus was alive and when we believe that, so are we. Alive in Christ. The Kingdom is near. It is here. Luke 10:9 ~ The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. C. S. Lewis said it's the verse that Satan wants you to believe: the Kingdom of Heaven is here on earth and life here is what it is all about. No, it's a foretaste of what is to come---the day we live for---when we are with Him for all Eternity. Meanwhile, the Kingdom is near, even in your mouth. May the God you love draw you a little closer this Resurrection morn. Happy Easter. He's Alive and so are we!
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 12:13 AM