....Earlier that morning, certain women of their company had gone to the tomb and returned with a message that astonished them all. For they had not found His body, but said that a vision of angels had appeared to them and told them that He was alive. Then certain others went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said to them – but Him they did not see.
.... "Then I said, 'Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will, O My God, and Your law is within My heart'."(Psalm 40:7-8)
.... "He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."(Isaiah 25:8-9)
.... "Search from the book of the LORD, and read: not one of these shall fail; not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them."(Isaiah 34:16) .
....Through the sufferings, death and resurrection of Christ, our lives were bound with His. For He took our sins, griefs and sorrows upon Himself, and all of their pain, and brought them down into the grave with Him. And just as He rose to newness of life, a new life will be given to those who trust in Him. So we are indebted to Him now, not for our sins, but life for life, that we may become His own special people:
.... "For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
....Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, as the prophets foretold of Him. And while the apostles looked steadfastly toward heaven, two men stood by them in white apparel, who said to them:
.... "You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive; you have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the LORD God might dwell there."
.... "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."(Acts 1:11)
.... 'He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: "Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
.... 'Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge.'(Psalm 50:4-6)
....God, I believe that Jesus came from You, and that You sent Him into the world. I believe You gave Him Your words, and that He spoke to us all that You commanded Him. I believe You have given all things into His hand; and I humble myself, confess Jesus as my Lord, and surrender my life to You, according to Your purpose. I trust you to work in my life as it may seem good to You.
....I believe that Jesus gave Himself for my sins, and I believe in my heart that You have raised Him from the dead. I confess my sins to You, and my need for You; I repent of my sins, and I ask for Your forgiveness through Jesus, that I may receive the new life that You have given through Him.
....And I thank You for Your love, which You have shown us in giving us Your only Son. I believe that You reward those who diligently seek You, so I ask that You continue to teach me and help me understand Your words; that You be glorified through my new life, and that You always make me more like Jesus as I learn.
....I am eager to hear from You and to know You better. In Jesus’ name I pray ... Amen.
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