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April 5 | Resurrection

April 5, 2021


They [the women] found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:2-3

Read: Luke 24:1-48
Luke 24


Luke writes his biography of Jesus with a clear purpose in mind. He writes to Theophilus to inform him of the truthfulness of the gospel message he’s heard. Luke includes three stories in this chapter that help instill confidence in the person, message and resurrection of Jesus. It is a message that would have been almost incomprehensible at the time it happened.

It would have been unthinkable to the Greek mind and the Roman world that God was an executed criminal who then resurrected. They would’ve immediately rejected the mere suggestion that a “king” shamed, mocked, suspended and tortured. But that’s exactly what Luke is saying. He tells three stories to convince first-century Romans that the person they base their faith on was crucified, buried and brought back to life. Theophilus has some questions. But for us this many years later, Easter may have become a cliché.

Luke’s account of the resurrection should remind us that Easter is not a cliché. His detailed account helped Theophilus “know the certainty of the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4). It does the same for us, especially if we find the resurrection is lifelessly familiar.


Consider the importance of the resurrection to your faith in Jesus. In your journal or mobile device, list some ways the resurrection makes a difference. Think of answers to prayer, hope in challenging times and confidence in Christ. List as many as you can and share some of them with your small group or a close friend. Download our lock screen to keep it in your mind this week.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Luke 22.

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