But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (NLT, Luke 24:1-5)
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came.They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (NLT, John 20:24-29)
Here is the song that has been running through my head this week in my "heart preparation" for Easter. It's called Forever My LOve/Nails in Your Hands!! It was such a powerful song in my life in college and still touchs me!!
May we be thankful for his sacrifice!! In awe in his power over death!! Ready to live out our faith in Him!!
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
Above photo was found at http://www.scripturepics.org/index.php?option=com_ponygallery&Itemid=56&func=detail&id=77#ponyimg
The YOu Tube video of Forever of My LOve can be accessed here, too!