April 25, 2014

1corinthians15-55

Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Luke 24:1-12

“By a strong hand”—that is how God does things. He brought the Hebrews out of Egypt by a strong hand. He delivered them from slavery by a strong hand. He raised his Son from the dead by a strong hand. By his strong hand, he has destroyed death so thoroughly that we have have the same victory over death through Jesus Christ. The victory is ours by his strong hand, not by anything we have done or will do.

This is a memorial between our eyes—always in the front of our thoughts—as we remember the first commandment. There is no other God who delivers from this bondage to sin and death. By his strong hand, we are delivered. This is no idle tale. So, be steadfast and immovable in your faith, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in him is not in vain. Sometimes it may seem of no effect, but it is not, because the strong hand of the Lord is working in you toward a mighty conclusion.

Stand as though the victory is already won. For indeed, it is—by a strong hand.

Prayer: Lord, help me to marvel at the tomb that is emptied by your strong hand. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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