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Our memory verse this week serves as one of my favorite passages in Scripture.
"And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulcher. But God raised Him from the dead" (Acts 13:29-30).
I love the simple, but glorious conclusion of the report: "But God raised Him from the dead." Amid the complexities of our lives, Scripture often brings us back to the fundamental truths that enable us to go forth when the next step seems uncertain. How often God must remind us of His presence, power, and purpose for our lives. As we often suggest in these messages, when faced with circumstances, conditions, and situations we cannot understand, we fall back on what we do know with clarity and conviction. Or, as Luke termed such truth, "those things which are most surely believed among us" (Luke 1:1).
No truth more supplies this illuminating grace than the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The very Creator and Sustainer of our existence suffered and died at the hands of men and in the providence of God. No problem or difficulty we will ever face compares with this dilemma that raises more complexities than the most intricate calculus. "How?" begins numerous inquiries, none for which we receive answers from God we can completely understand. Thus, the fallback: "But God raised Him from the dead."
Apply this to the problem, difficulty, pain, heartache, or heartbreak you may presently face. If, after suffering the worst humanity could foist upon Him, and even more, the wrath of almighty God, the Lord Jesus is now alive forevermore, surely the question arises, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14). Just as surely the answer comes, "There is nothing too hard for Thee!" (Jeremiah 32:17). The resurrection applies to everything because the Christ who arose serves as the One of whom the Apostle Paul wrote, "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). "All your need… by Christ Jesus" affirmed Paul regarding the risen Savior who conquered our most complex and consequential quandary. "We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37).
"God raised Him from the dead." Herein we stand. And herein we fall back when earthly realities bewilder our hearts and minds. Yes, as long as the earthly tomb is empty and the Heavenly throne is occupied by the risen Lord Jesus, we have Someone to trust, something to believe, and somewhere to go in our hearts. As the saying goes, when we cannot understand God's hand, we trust His heart. Because Christ is our hope and help in every matter, and because God raised Him from the dead.
"He is not here, for He is risen, as He said."
Weekly Memory Verse
And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulcher. But God raised Him from the dead.