Published March 29, 2016

Shelia Shares
"He Is Risen!"

We've just celebrated Easter with thoughts of the cross, the tomb and the resurrection.

It was difficult that last week of Jesus' life leading up to the crucifixion. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions, where Jesus knew that things not only could get worse, but would get worse. It was a week filled with unbearable pain. It was a week where God turned His back. For Jesus, it was a week filled with aloneness.

I can't imagine being crucified on a cross. Unfortunately, many people leave Jesus on the cross. They never move to celebrating Resurrection Day.

That is like buying a new car and never turning the key to start it. You know it is a nice car. You like to show it to others. It's a great vehicle. But, if the car isn't started, the power is never tapped.

We were introduced to Gordon Mote when he became the pianist for the Gaither Vocal Band. He now travels as a talented soloist, producer and musician.

Gordon and his wife Kimberly took what he calls a "life-changing" trip to the Holy Lands, a trip to the land of Israel.

When the tour guide showed the tour group the garden tomb where Jesus was buried, he did something special for Gordon. Gordon is blind, so he can't view things as others do. The guide got a key to Jesus' tomb and actually took Gordon and his wife into the tomb. Gordon and Kimberly were allowed to touch what was in there. Gordon said he can't explain how that felt and how he felt.

Gordon "saw" with his hands the inside of the tomb. "Jesus isn't there," he said. "The tomb is empty. He isn't there. He is risen."

Everything Jesus did for us is important. Jesus was on the cross, but He isn't there anymore. We can't leave Him in the tomb. There is no power with a Savior dead on the cross or buried in a grave. The grave could not hold Him. The guards could not keep Him. Death could not bind Him. As the angel at the tomb said, "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said" (Matt. 28:6).

Jesus isn't on the cross or in the tomb. He came out alive in glory and with great power. He is risen. He won the victory and we can celebrate Resurrection Day!

- Shelia

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