All this week, we celebrate and remember the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry before his crucifixion. Jesus began the week by entering Jerusalem with an entrance fit for a king; it was a royal entry. Later in the week, Jesus was arrested, mocked, punished, and sentenced to death by means of crucifixion. Jesus died and was buried.
The resurrection is the exclamation point to everything Jesus said and did during His earthly ministry.
Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the next week. He was victorious over His enemies. He was victorious over death. He was victorious over the grave. The resurrection is the exclamation point to everything Jesus said and did during His earthly ministry. The resurrection of Jesus is important, and I’m thankful for the resurrection.
Preaching is not in vain.
I’m thankful for the resurrection of Jesus Christ because my preaching is not in vain. The goal of my life is to teach and preach the Gospel. I’ve taught and preached in churches, at community events, and on the campus of educational institutions. I’m thankful to know that my life has not been wasted because I’m teaching and preaching the most important doctrine known to man.
Sins are forgiven.
I’m thankful for the resurrection of Jesus Christ because my sins are forgiven. I am a sinful person because of my own sinful nature and desires, but I’m also sinful because I live in a world that is inclined toward sin. I’ve done some terrible things in my life for which I am ashamed. I’m thankful to know that my sins are forgiven. I know they are forgiven because Jesus lives forevermore.
Family and Friends are not dead.
I’m thankful for the resurrection of Jesus Christ because my family and friends are not dead. Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection. Jesus is alive, which means that every person who followed Jesus Christ and passed from this world to the next are alive. I’m thankful for the resurrection because I will see people whom I love like Kenneth Johnson, L.R. and Mary Magers, Nannie Ruth Presley, Claudette Price, Terry Jones, Daniel Threadgill, Jerry Brawner, and Ray Cossitt.
I’m thankful for Jesus, His death, and His resurrection. I hope you will take an opportunity to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on Friday of this week, and celebrate His resurrection on Sunday.