9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
What a blessed morning to receive our Risen Savior! The women who went to Jesus’ tomb that morning were surprised to find something special had happened. Jesus said it would happen and yet He still took everyone by surprise. And I’ll admit that you should seriously question what you hear if I told you I was going to die and then rise in three days. You’d think I was crazy. Yet this is Jesus we’re talking about. Even those closest to him, those who had a pretty good idea of who He was, were caught off guard by this.
Those who loved Jesus were in mourning. It was grief they were feeling that day and they were busy trying to figure out how to move on with their lives. Everything they had expected fell apart and faded away. Everything they thought would happen died with Jesus on that cross.
Maybe that’s where they needed to be. Maybe this was the last step in Jesus’ plan to turn the disciples, and the world, on their ears and change the way they thought about everything. Everything had to die on that cross with Jesus before it could rise with Him and once again come under the rule of God. All their hopes and dreams. All their thoughts and expectations. All risen with our Savior that morning.
Where are your hopes and dreams this morning? Where are your thoughts and expectations? Have they died on that cross with Jesus? That’s the only way they will be risen with Jesus.
Jesus is the True Light and the world still doesn’t recognize Him. “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He has given the right to become children of God.” God’s action on our behalf wasn’t completed at the cross, it was completed at the resurrection. Death isn’t defeated without the Resurrection.
I hope you can praise Jesus with me today. He is our hope, He is our life. He bore our sins upon that cross. He was crucified on our behalf. He has also risen on our behalf. Our God is alive!