April 21, 2019 Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional : TOPIC - LIVING FAITH

April 21, 2019 Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional : TOPIC - LIVING FAITH



THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019)
(EASTER DAY) 

TOPIC - LIVING FAITH

READ: JOHN 20:1-18
1. Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

2. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3. Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.
4. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
5. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.
6. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
7. and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
8. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
9. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
10. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
11. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
12. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14. Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
15. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16. Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
18. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

THE MESSAGE:
Today, we are reminded again that Christianity is a living faith in a living Messiah. The resurrection of Christ from the dead, distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. No religion in the world can boast of a Messiah that loves the world enough to die for it, and is so powerful enough to rise in victory over death.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ implies many blessings for believers in Christ. These include: (i) Victory over the fear of man. Christs resurrection shows that God, not man, has the final decision over the lives and destiny of believers. (ii) Victory over the fear of death and the grave: Naturally, most people would not wish to die.
But the resurrection of Jesus shows that death is only a transition to a greater glory. (iii) Victory over the power of sin: No one who has encountered the resurrection power of Christ continues to live a purposeless, sinful life. The power of Christ in resurrection brings the believer to a place where sin loses its power over the soul.
Remember that Mary saw the risen Lord. Have you seen Him - His salvation, peace, love and compassion in your life? If not, pray fervently now; refuse to let go until you see the manifestation of His presence in your life.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to know You and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering.
April 21, 2019 Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional : TOPIC - LIVING FAITH April 21, 2019 Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional : TOPIC - LIVING FAITH Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on April 21, 2019 Rating: 5

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