A Gift That Keeps On Giving

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“After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move. 

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as He said. Come and look at the place where He was placed.

“Now, get on your way quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there.’ That’s the message.”

The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. “Good morning!” He said. They fell to their knees, embraced His feet, and worshiped Him. Jesus said, “You’re holding on to me for dear life! Don’t be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I’ll meet them there.”

Matthew 28:1-10 (The Message)

He is giving. Those words don’t seem BIG ENOUGH when we are talking about just how much the Lord has given to us. He gave His life. For us. Let that sink in.

As if giving His life isn’t enough, He has given us a great Book of examples, promises and encouragement to use until we see Him again. And to top it all off, He gave us people … people that help, teach, encourage, stand beside and lift us up.

Oh, He is giving. No doubt.

When we are given that much, we just can’t help but want to give to others. It is as if our cup is overflowing in such a way that the extra simply pours over to others.

Have you ever been around someone that you know has been impacted by Jesus? You can tell by the way they talk, smile, handle life and handle others. It is obvious that someone, something was used by the Lord to impact them … and now their life impacts others.

Think of the two ladies that were the first to see Jesus after He made His great comeback from death. Those ladies … and millions of other people … have been given an amazing gift. Jesus had given not only the gift of friendship, but also the gift of life in eternity. They had been given much and were continuing to look to Him, or this time, for Him.

And then they see Him … living, breathing Jesus. Well, they couldn’t help but hightail it out of there and go tell EVERYONE. Wouldn’t you do the same, after you picked yourself up off the floor?

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Questions

  • While we aren’t seeing a real life resurrection, we do see Jesus in our lives daily. Who will you tell about Jesus and what He has done?

 

  • Think of three people that have impacted your walk with Christ. What did they specifically do that drew you closer to Jesus?

 

  • Think of three people that you can intentionally give to in some way so that they can see Christ. What ways can you reach out to them?

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