Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 26, 2018

Christ “was raised because of our justification.” – God “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 28:1-15.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&version=NASB

I quote only verses 1-10.

“Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.  And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.  And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid;  for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.  Come, see the place where He was lying.  Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead;  and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him;  behold, I have told you.”

And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.  And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them.  And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid;  go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”  Matthew 28:1-10.

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Consider the following from the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 45.  What doth the resurrection of Christ profit us?

A.  First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of that righteousness which He had purchased for us by His death;  secondly, we are also by His power raised up to a new life;  and lastly, the resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.

“He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”  Romans 4:25.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  Romans 6:4.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”  Romans 8:11.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

In the final verse of today’s Scripture, we discover with great joy, that consistent with these verses stating what the resurrection means to us, Jesus calls us His brethren and seeks to be with us, knowing that we “are raised up with Him”.

“Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid;  go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”  Verse 10.  “For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father;  for which reason He (Jesus) is not ashamed to call them brethren,”  Hebrews 2:11.


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