Today’s Scripture: And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. Mark 16:5‑6

Easter morning may start something like this: Your children are bouncing up and down on your bed. Excited about the day’s festivities, they awake at an unusually early hour. You get the bacon cooking and the coffee going. Meanwhile, the children are ready to see what the big, fluffy bunny “brought” for them. Then, it’s off to church in the well-pressed new clothes purchased especially for Resurrection Sunday. Does this sound familiar?

With the flurry of everything going on, it is difficult to truly take in the fact that Christ has risen and forever broken the chains of sin. When I go to the Holy Land, seeing its beauty gives me a brief taste of what is yet to come. Although we may not see our conquering King right now, we need to live with the realization that He is there. I walked in the land that He walked, and I sailed on the sea that He calmed. I stood in a room like the one where it is believed He had the last supper. I saw the hill where He died and visited the empty tomb.

We need to face today and this week with the assurance that He is risen and He reigns. Often because we cannot see or feel our salvation, we tremble inside. We feel alone and forgotten just because our senses cannot perceive the One Who has promised to help us. Friend, our Savior suffered in anguish on the cross for you and me. He allowed Himself to be betrayed into the hands of guilty sinners because He loved us with a love so strong that no act of Satan could shatter it.

This Easter, don’t let it be all about the new Sunday suit or making the children happy with an Easter egg hunt. Make it about the resurrecting truth that we can live in triumph because our God, our loving Savior, burst forth in glorious light from a grave that could not hold Him. That is the God Who upholds us today, the One who longs more than we do to see our families saved. Praise Him today for what He has already done and for what He is yet to do in our lives. May He bless and empower us in this time of celebration!

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.