October 15, 2019

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.‘” – Mark 16: 4-6

Everyone loves a winner – especially when that winner is an underdog. It’s the feeling of overcoming tons of obstacles and silencing the critics to accomplish the impossible. Jesus was familiar with obstacles and especially critics. In fact, it was His loudest critics who schemed for His death on the cross. Thankfully, Jesus experienced the ultimate victory.

Three days after Jesus was crucified and buried, a group of women returned to His tomb to complete the burial tradition of anointing the body with spices. When they arrived, however, they found the huge stone that had been blocking the tomb’s entrance rolled away. The tomb was empty; Jesus had risen!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is incredibly good news that follows the worst news possible. What’s the bad news? Jesus, an innocent man, was unjustly tried and executed. Even worse news: our sins unjustly murdered Him. Then the good news arrives – Jesus is alive! He conquered all of our sin. He even overcame our greatest enemy – death. And amazingly, He offers us forgiveness of our sins if we ask Him. Do you see how the Gospel is good news that follows bad news?

Jesus took the punishment that we all so clearly deserve so that we can be forgiven of our sins and be made right with God. When Christ rose from the dead, He conquered both sin and death so that, for followers of Jesus, not even death can separate us from God. That is incredibly good news! Have you experienced the truth of the Gospel in your life?