First Light Of Heaven

The sky went dark. The earth shook. Rocks were split.

The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Just before He died, He cried out, “It is finished.”

Jesus, the one they believed was the Messiah, had been crucified. He was then taken down off the cross and placed in a tomb. A stone, requiring many men to roll into place, covered the entrance of this tomb.

The chief priests and Pharisee gathered before Pilate the next day because of the words of Jesus, “After three days I will rise again” (Matthew 27:63). They demanded security at the tomb to prevent anything happening to remove the body of Christ. So Pilate ordered a guard of soldiers and a seal of wax bearing the imprint of the official Roman seal was placed on the stone at the tomb. This meant any unauthorized breaking of the seal defied the authority of Rome and was punishable by death.

Oh yes, they did everything they could. But the greatest power of man is no match for the Creator of the Universe and King of Kings and Lord Of Lords.

On the third day, the stone was rolled away — not to let anyone out but to give the world a glimpse of the mighty resurrection power of God. Jesus was not in the tomb. He is alive. Jesus is risen.

The Bible tells us that He appeared to the disciples and to more than 500 men and women (1 Corinthians 15:6). Josephus, the Jewish historian, gives testimony about Jesus, calling Him “the Messiah” and saying that on the third day He was restored to life.

Jesus is risen. Imagine the moment He rose from the dead. What an amazing victorious moment lasting for all eternity. Think about Who Jesus really is. He is Savior, Redeemer, Master, and the bright morning star.

When He cried out, “It is finished,” those words meant everything for us. The penalty of sin had been paid, God’s will accomplished, forgiveness of sins now possible, and the hope of heaven assured. God confirmed it with the tearing of the temple veil, at least four inches thick if not more, from top to bottom. The tearing of that veil from top to bottom, by the power of God, shows God reaching down and doing for man what he cannot do for Himself. The way is now clear by grace through faith to go in to the Holy of Holies, to have access to God, to know Him intimately and to love Him passionately.

Jesus is the Sunrise from on High and the First Light Of Heaven, according to Matthew 1:78 —

Because the heart of our God is full of mercy towards us, the first light of Heaven shall come to visit us — to shine on those who lie in darkness and under the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the path of peace.
Luke 1:78 Phillips Translation

Recently I was mesmerized by a sunrise as it cast first light across new wildflowers of the desert floor. I gave God a standing ovation. It was at once majestic and magnificent. And in those first moments, a golden glow brought everything to life.

Do you need light today in your own life? Jesus is the First Light of Heaven. Will you draw near to Him and find light in your darkness?

Because He is risen, you have hope, your sins can be forgiven and you can receive the promise of eternal life.

If you have never established a relationship with God by receiving Christ into your life, don’t waste another moment. Draw near to Him now. Surrender to Him. Pray something like this —

Lord Jesus I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I ask You now to come into my life, forgive my sins, give me eternal life, and make me the person You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer To Receive Christ

You can know that God loves you. He promises to never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Open your Bible today to the book of John and read all about Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12).

Today is especially meaningful to me knowing this is my mother’s first Easter Sunday in heaven. Because He lives, she lives also, and is face to face with Him. Someday soon, we shall all be together again.

He is risen. He is risen indeed.
God bless you dear friend, on this Resurrection Sunday.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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Because the heart of our God is full of mercy towards us, the first light of Heaven shall come to visit us.
Luke 1:78 Phillips

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  • Title: First Light Of Heaven
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  • Description: A magnificent sunrise with beaming light across the wildflowers of the desert floor in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 03/21/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 31mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1250sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
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