So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:8-10
Christian faith is grounded in historical events beginning with the creation and continuing with human sin, consequent death, and God’s redemptive work leading up to the final judgment and our eternal state of heaven or hell. At the center of these events are the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul argued that the resurrection is crucial to our hope. See 1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Soli Deo Gloria
The purpose of this whole drama of human history is this: “that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). The reformers of the sixteenth century proclaimed “Soli Deo Gloria,” glory to God alone. And we sing,
To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that [we] may go in. –Fanny Crosby
Keep singing and trusting Him who conquered death and proved it by His resurrection. And we by faith will share that resurrection that the glory may be to God alone.
For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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