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."
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
Point them to the cross... the resurrection
Freedom -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ represents freedom.
Those who have not accepted Christ cannot understand the freedom we gain, the life we gain, when we accept Jesus Christ. It is our job as a Christian to communicate that wonderful concept of freedom when we have an opportunity. When we are saved, we are accepted into God’s family and saved by grace -- not judged by every mistake you make.
We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. This is one of the hardest things to communicate to a non-believer. This topic can be confusing and must be thoughtfully presented. What Jesus did on the cross is all that needed to be done for us. It is sometimes difficult to explain the completeness of this concept but with a little study, you can be very effective in doing so. Point them to the greatest commandment: Mathew 22:37-39: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you understanding, guidance and insight when you search out scripture for the subject of grace, freedom and the significance of the cross.
- Do a concordance search on GRACE. For a week, read as much scripture as you can find, reflecting on the miracle of God’s grace.
- Write the scripture on note cards and make an effort to memorize them daily. This is something that you want on the inside so it will flow out of your mouth with ease when you share.