Our Incredible Hope Propels Proclamation
These women were the first witnesses and were the first commissioned to profess Christ’s resurrection. Their stunned amazement quickly turned to proclamation (Mark 16:7-8). They did not have time to soak in the wonderful reality of the good news that Jesus had risen, but they went immediately and announced it to the disciples. They were overwhelmed by the appearance of the angel and the great mystery of the resurrection.
From there on they, along with the other disciples, proclaimed what is so fundamental to our incredible hope:
- Death could not hold Jesus down. “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him” (Romans 6:9).
- Christ is indeed God. “[Jesus] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4).
- Christ has defeated sin and death. “[Jesus] abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
- Christ gives us eternal life—our very own resurrection from the dead. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:4-5).
Does your faith propel you to proclaim? Do the words and love of Christ flow out of your heart and settle into every decision?