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Resurrection Hope

In Daily Devotional, Faith Journey, Spiritual Growth by Kirk Giles

Bible Verse: “But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:12

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-10

What a day to be alive! No matter what has been happening in your life over the past several weeks, Resurrection Sunday brings us to the hope that sin, sickness, death, loss, fear, and confusion do not get the final say. Jesus is the victor, and we get to enjoy the benefits of His triumph.

Easter may just be another long weekend for you. Maybe you have heard the Easter story so many times it no longer stirs your heart. Let’s travel back to the first Resurrection day with a fresh set of eyes.

After a group of women told the disciples about Jesus’ resurrection, most of the men thought the women were making up stories and ignored them. Peter and John had a different response. John 20:4 paints the picture of Peter and John racing each other to see who could get to the tomb first. Like a good competitor, John writes that he beat Peter to their destination. When John saw the tomb, he could not bring himself to go in, but Peter being Peter walks into where Jesus’ body had been.

I love the picture of two men who, in their own competitive ways, need to experience the resurrection. Since Jesus had died, these men were confused, fearful, and uncertain. Does this sound familiar? They needed hope, and the potential of the resurrection really being true caused them to run towards hope.

John 20:8-9 tells us Peter and John believed but did not understand – which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. You don’t have to understand everything about the resurrection to believe and experience the benefits of it.

Jesus is alive! Does this make your heart come alive like it did for Peter and John, or do you respond with apathy like the other men did when the women told them what they had seen?
Today is our Super Bowl Sunday times a thousand. Our King is alive. Celebrate this reality: hope is alive because Jesus is alive!


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Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the co-lead pastor of Forward Church in Cambridge, ON. He was formerly the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.
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Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the co-lead pastor of Forward Church in Cambridge, ON. He was formerly the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.