Sunday, 16 April 2017

Step inside the empty tomb

We miss so much when we don’t enter fully into God’s marvelous works. The people who get most from the Christian life are those who ‘step inside’. Christianity is not a faith for ‘peepers’ – Get Inside!

Source: Connie York - blogger
John Chapter 20 records the details of the first Easter morning marathon. Mary Magdalene, who was first to reach the tomb of Jesus, came ‘running’ to Simon Peter and John, having seen the stone removed from the grave and announced news of ‘Removal’ not Resurrection. The first message from the empty tomb was false – someone had nicked the corpse! There was no conspiracy theory here - the first Easter Sunday hunt was for a corpse! Then we meet the next two runners with John getting to the tomb before Simon Peter. Imagine winning the race but staying outside the tomb. ‘He bent over and looked in… but did not go in’. John was a ‘peeper’ which typifies many believers today who ‘peep’ into the scriptures, ‘peep’ into worship, ‘peep’ into service, ‘peep’ into prayer and ‘peep’ into commitment. But then in John 20:6, Simon Peter arrives and ‘went into the tomb’; ‘Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there’. He went past the ‘peeper’ and saw more! Then finally in John 20:8, John ‘also went inside’; ‘Finally, the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed’

We miss so much when we don’t enter fully into God’s marvelous works. The title of a Beatles song ‘Step inside love’ comes to mind here: The people who get most from the Christian life are those who ‘step inside’. Christianity is not a faith for ‘peepers’ – Get Inside! In this wonderful Easter week ‘Step inside’ and spend some time in the empty tomb and…

Smell the Fragrance: There’s no smell of death, just the strips of linen loaded with 34 kilos of spices filling the air with beautiful fragrance.

See the grave clothes: Take a good look and see how they’re arranged. A body has obviously passed through them, they are undisturbed and unoccupied!

Breathe in the air of Resurrection: The breath of the risen Jesus is in that empty grave, let it fill your lungs and thrill your heart!

Soak up the truth: Step inside and revel in the truth that the tomb is empty not because of removal but because of RESURRECTION!

That truth means: Jesus IS the Son of God; Your sin HAS been paid for; The Scriptures ARE true; Satan IS defeated; Death HAS been conquered and Jesus WILL come again!!! Amen

STEP INSIDE! Easter is not about a missing corpse but about a RISEN SAVIOUR! Hallelujah.

He’s ALIVE – to answer your prayers
He’s ALIVE – to heal your body
He’s ALIVE – to fulfil your destiny
He’s ALIVE – to banish your fears
He’s ALIVE – to meet your needs
He’s ALIVE – to build His Church

Heaven invites us; ‘Come and see’, or to STEP INSIDE LOVE!  Nine times Jesus gave us an ‘EMPTY’ promise and on that first Easter Sunday He delivered it in style!

That’s my Jesus!

Author: Alan Hewitt - AOG UK National Leadership Team  

May God bless and enrich your life

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  1. On Easter Sunday it is humbling to be reminded of the suffering and sacrifice that Jesus made for me. That God loved me so much that He sacrificed His only son so that I may have the gift of eternal life. Thank you Heavely Father for your wonderful Son, thank you Jesus. Amen

  2. He is Risen,we also believe and have been inside the tomb. we who are born again of the spirit have experienced the Reality of our Resurrected Saviour and like the disciples our lives will never be the same again? thank you for this Article that brings to mind the Reality of knowing our Lord is not inside the tomb, he is Risen? he is Rised indeed? we can enter into the tomb ALLELUIA .

  3. "step inside love" no peeping, awesome Blog.
    Thank you brother for taking the time to Bless the body of Christ with this article.
    ALL the Glory to God ALWAYS.
    As the lyrics of the song say "Jesus is alive" Hallelujah ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
    "Let love be our highest goal" 1 Cor 14 v1
    God Bless sister Tina

  4. What a special day and a fantastic words Jesus is Alive Hallelujah those who believe can shout aloud Jesus Christ is Alive Hallelujah all our sin are washed away glory to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ may the peace of Easter be with us all Amen