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  1. Day 1: In the Beginning
  2. Day 2: And They Felt No Shame
  3. Day 3: By Him We Cry, “Abba, Father”
  4. Day 4: Who Is This King of Glory?
  5. Day 5: The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands
  6. Day 6: Now the Serpent
  7. Sabbath
  8. Day 8: The Word Became Flesh
  9. Day 9: The Radiance of God's Glory
  10. Day 10: For God Was Pleased
  11. Day 11: That You May Know Him Better
  12. Day 12: I Am
  13. Day 13: Whoever Believes
  14. Sabbath
  15. Day 15: In the Sixth Month
  16. Day 16: Caesar Augustus Issued a Decree
  17. Day 17: What Shall I Do, Then, With Jesus
  18. Day 18: And Darkness Came Over the Whole Land
  19. Day 19: There Came a Rich Man from Arimathea
  20. Day 20: By This Gospel You Are Saved
  21. Sabbath
  22. Day 22: He Went and Preached to the Spirits in Prison
  23. Day 23: He Is Not Here—He Is Risen
  24. Day 24: He Was Taken Up
  25. Day 25: I See Heaven Open
  26. Day 26: He Will Appear a Second Time
  27. Day 27: Jesus Christ Is Lord
  28. Sabbath
  29. Day 29: I Will Put My Spirit In You
  30. Day 30: What Does This Mean?
  31. Day 31: No Branch Can Bear Fruit by Itself
  32. Day 32: So I Say, Walk by the Spirit
  33. Day 33: For the Common Good
  34. Day 34: But the Greatest of These Is Love
  35. Sabbath
  36. Day 36: I Will Build My Church
  37. Day 37: A People Belonging to God
  38. Day 38: It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us
  39. Day 39: You Are All One in Christ Jesus
  40. Day 40: A Great Multitude No One Could Count
  41. Day 41: Let Us Run With Perseverance
  42. Day 43: The Law is Only a Shadow
  43. Day 44: As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors
  44. Day 45: Then the End Will Come
  45. Day 46: Sown In Weakness—Raised In Power
  46. Day 47: Now This Is Eternal Life
  47. Sabbath
  48. Day 48: I Am Making Everything New
Lesson 23 of 48
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Day 23: He Is Not Here—He Is Risen

He Descended to the Dead. The Third Day He Arose from the Dead. He Ascended into Heaven and Sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty. From There, He Shall Come to Judge the Living and the Dead

READ

Matthew 28:1–10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

MEDITATE

The resurrection is a miracle, the magnitude of which inspires both fear and joy at the same time. Resurrection is not resuscitation. It is the very reversal of death, the ultimate and final enemy of God. Picture this unfolding in your mind’s eye. The guards lying on the ground as though dead; the angelic being sitting atop the now rolled away stone; the women running to find the disciples to share this news; Jesus intercepting them on the road. Can you imagine? They fall to the ground and worship him, holding onto his feet. What a scene!

Are you there yet? Can you picture yourself at the feet of Jesus, grasping his feet? Reflect on what that would be like. What an affirmation of faith this would be.

REFLECT

The third day has returned; arise, my buried One; it is not becoming that Your limbs should lie in the lowly sepulchre, nor that worthless stones should press that which is the ransom of the world. It is unworthy that a stone should shut in with a confining rock, and cover Him in whose fist all things are enclosed. Take away the linen clothes, I pray; leave the napkins in the tomb: You are sufficient for us, and without You there is nothing. Release the chained shades of the infernal prison, and recall to the upper regions whatever sinks to the lowest depths. Give back Your face, that the world may see the light; give back the day which flees from us at Your death. But returning, O holy conqueror! You altogether filled the heaven!

—From On Easter
Venantius

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .