S (Scripture) – Mark 16:4-6 “Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.”
O (Observation) – Lord Jesus, the implications of these verses are transformational. I remember many years ago when someone close to me was trying to work through his faith, and he said to me that he believed that there was a God, and he believed that You really lived on this earth…he said that he also believed that You were crucified, but that he “wasn’t really sure about the whole resurrection thing.” It’s all about the whole resurrection thing! If You are still dead in a tomb somewhere, how does that result in conquering sin and death (2 Timothy 1:10)?
A (Application) – There is a film being released this month called, “Risen.” It is the story of what happens after that fateful Easter morning when it is discovered that You are no longer in the tomb. The Roman soldiers proceed to search out every inch of the city, overturning homes and digging up graves in order to find Your body. They are on “the biggest manhunt in human history.” Why would they be so adamant about finding Your body? Because everyone understands that if You really did rise from the dead, there is a decision on their part about what they are going to do with You – completely ignore the fact, and continue living life as they always have? Or recognize that You are the Son of the Living God, able to conquer death, and that everything You said on earth was actually true.
P (Prayer) – Triumphant Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Thank You that even though being my substitute would have been miraculous in and of itself, You didn’t stop there. I’m so grateful that I don’t serve a God who is dead, but one who is very much alive and at work in my life and in the world. I pray that all who hear the story of Your resurrection this year (in particular those who watch the movie, Risen) will never be the same again. May they come to an understanding that hearing that truth and doing nothing with it is walking away from life itself. You have come that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10). That is only possible through claiming the promise of our Risen Savior!