Devotion for April 6, 2021
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:55
One thing that brings me joy, is seeing justice for those who have been wrongfully accused or mistreated. What better way to rejoice than to see the power of victory over evil? When the crowds gathered, yelled out to Pilate, saying, “Crucify him” even when they had nothing to say when they were asked, what wrong Jesus had done, I keep thinking how can one person be hated so much that they would rather have a murderer (Barabbas), set free instead of Jesus who had done nothing but preach, love, heal the sick and seek justice. Well I guess, this was how the story of the resurrection was to come about.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an event that sets Christianity apart from all other religions. It is evidence of Christ’s power over death. It is God’s good news for the human race. It is a time of hope and joy. Jesus in his resurrection has shown us that not even death has power over him. At sunrise, according to the Gospel of Mark, when those three faithful women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome went to the tomb, they saw  the stone rolled away and an empty tomb. Christ had risen!
The beauty about Christ’s resurrection, is that not only did Christ overcome death, he overcame the betrayal; he overcame humiliation; Christ overcame the jealousy, hate and pain and he paid all that price on the cross for our sins. Christ’s death and resurrection brought about our salvation.  This is a reminder, that no matter what we face today, what we have been through, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold, Christ is risen! The risen Christ is our hope. You cannot bury power; you cannot bury justice; you cannot bury truth; and you sure cannot bury love. What God has in store for you, you will receive. Christ conquers death and makes all things new. He breathes new life so that we can live free.
Embrace the living Christ and remember that death has been swallowed up in victory and when we remain steadfast in the Lord, our labor will never be in vain.
Resurrected Jesus, thank you for your victory over death. In our pain and sorrow, help us understand that there is hope in you and breathe into us a new life. Amen!
 Grace and Peace,
Pastor Nyahaley Labor