{ Visualize the Vacancy }

Happy Resurrection Day 2018. It’s the day I celebrate the empty tomb, the victory over sin and death, and the promise of His return.

In the early dawn, the women walked over the dewy ground, carrying spices. Suddenly, they were surprised–perhaps frantic— by the sight of the empty tomb.  Two men in shining attire announced to them that Jesus had risen.

The men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” Luke 24: 5-8

The women ran to tell the disciples. Did all of Jesus’ words suddenly “connect” with his closest earthly friends?

No — the Bible says that “these words seemed to them an idle tale.” (Luke 24:11)

Both in public and in private, Jesus had revealed that He would die and rise again. It’s interesting that his friends didn’t immediately grasp the fulfilled prophecy.

As a Christian — a 21st century friend of Jesus– I need to stop pointing the finger at the disciples and examine what else Jesus has promised He would do.

What does He say to me? 

  • I am coming soon. (Revelation 22:12)
  • I will repay everyone for what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
  • Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:13)

May I, you, and all believers watch expectantlyand live accordingly.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13

“When the day of recompense comes, our only regret will be that we have done so little for Him – not that we have done too much.” –George Muller

{ Dubious?}

willian-west-324562People doubt Christianity.

But…what if it’s true?

Start with Jesus.

He can’t just be a good teacher, a respected healer, a wise prophet and only that.

He claimed to be God.

He’s either God… or a liar.  Or he’s crazy.

I recently viewed the 2017 true story film “The Case for Christ.”

The story: Lee Strobel  was a successful journalist who decided to examine the facts of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christianity hinges on the Resurrection of Jesus.  If that’s debunked, everything else about this faith falls apart.

Strobel’s journey was personal.

His fact-digging was professional.

His goal was to disprove the Resurrection of Jesus and show that it was all a fairy tale or a cover-up.

After interviewing experts in fields of medicine, psychology, theology and archaeology, he was utterly convinced.

Lee Strobel became a believer; a follower of Jesus Christ.

Other famous people who examined the facts and found truth:

Are you doubtful?  Perhaps you think Christianity is a fairy tale?

Maybe you are searching for truth.

Possibly, you don’t care.

Insert joke here:

Q: Which is worse, ignorance or apathy?

A: I don’t know and I don’t care.

I would encourage you to examine the facts.  You may want to start your journey by watching the film or reading the book The Case for Christ.


© Lisa M. Luciano 😊

Photo credit: Willian West