21st April 2014

What’s The Story Morning Glory? 

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

What’s The Story Morning Glory is more than the title of a song by Oasis; it would be an appropriate question for the day Jesus rose from the dead.  The glorious story of that first Easter morning is that Jesus is not dead but is alive. It’s a story for those seeking Jesus, who have run out of answers, who are in desperate need of a living hope.  It’s a story of a wonderful transformation. 

The resurrection of Jesus takes away all our fears. “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid…’” (Verse 5)  Those who have placed their faith in the resurrected Christ have nothing to fear, least of all death, because he has conquered it as it says in Hebrews 2:14-15, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” 

But for our fears to be taken away we must personally experience the resurrection of Jesus. “Come and see the place where he lay,” (Matthew 28:6) said the angel.  The message is the same for us today; come and see for yourself; investigate the claims of Jesus; discover that he truly is the Son of God. The resurrection changed the lives of the disciples from frightened men cowering in fear of their lives, to bold preachers of the gospel message willing to give their lives for Jesus.  It transformed them to share the message, as the angel told the women:  “go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead’” (Verse 7). 

Once we have come to believe in Jesus as our Saviour and begin to follow the resurrected Christ we ought to be excited, just as these women were, about telling others what we know: That Christ is risen; he is risen indeed! 

What’s the story morning glory?  I think it’s summed up in the words of Bill and Gloria Gaither’s hymn ‘Because he lives’:
“God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives! 

Father, as we come to investigate the resurrection of Jesus, may our fears diminish, our faith grow, and our boldness to share the gospel message increase.

 Study by Barry Robinson


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove

Meeting time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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