Courageous Resurrection 

 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

8 And they remembered his words,9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,-

 Luke 24:1-10

Early that morning the women who once encounter Christ in his earthly ministry went to the tomb. The mourning of the loss of their saviour, they were filled with loss, grief and fear. Fear that they had lost their lord forever and the depth of the grief was high and deep. 

The Christ that they once walked with, Talked with,  who gave them life… life from their entanglement of sin and suffering gave them a hope, hope in a future and purpose on earth. With the death of Christ these women felt the loss of the future and the great hope Christ offered. Their hope was crucified and berried in that tomb and with great fear and trembling they approached the grave. 

Seeing that the grave was empty, their hearts were fear stricken in their soul they cry out “where did you take our lord”. 
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

Through the power of the resurrection these women stood face to face with their Lord and saviour only to be empowered by the power of the resurrection. To become courageous in their life and leadership, these women were about to become the messengers of the great message of the resurrection. They were entrusted to spread the message of hope to all. In the upper Room these women received the power of the Holy Spirit , to go and be courageous in spreading the gospel to all. 

God used these women to be courageous in encountering their saviour on earth, through the cross and at the empty tomb of resurrection. The power of the Holy Spirit within them was the launching platform in which gave them the hope and future Christ promised while he was with them. (Acts 1:8)

Courage starts with the empowering of the resurrection of Christ within our hearts and souls. When we truly connect to the power of the empty tomb, the power of the resurrected Christ we find our lives are transformed, our earthly hope and purpose within the kingdom work of spreading the gospel of  “good news” to all. 
Through the resurrection it is where the true empowerment of courage comes from. It’s in the power that Christ conquered the gave that gives us the believe the hope and future to live victorious lives. Its when we revive the true life we can have life to the fullest and be courageous in and through the victory of the resurrection. 

“Death has no sting, no power can hold Him in the grave”…  this is what give us the courageous resurrection empowerment in which no earthly power can stand against us. When we walk in the encountement of the empty tomb, we live and lead courageous lives to go and share the gospel of hope, the “good news” to all.

Do you live in the power of the resurrection in your life and leadership? 

Do you live courageously through the power of the resurrection within your life? 

Just like the women who encounter the empty tomb they were able to live fully courageous lives, as they knew the power off the resurrection . The hope and future is that of “death has no sting”. Courageous lives start at the cross, but is encounterment through the resurrection of the saviour in the empty tomb and the empowering of the Holy Spirit who lives and leads within us.

Courageous living and leadership is the beginning of empowerment. 

This week, reflect of the courageous resurrection and how this transforms your whole soul being, your heart, soul, spirit and strength. How does this help you as you go out in leadership? 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
 What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
 How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

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