Tests of Faith: #4 Resurrection Faith

Last but not least: resurrection faith (Mark 16:1-8). What kind of faith is this and how might we end up with this kind?

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Mark 16:1-8 NKJV

Resurrection faith is where you see for yourself that Christ has risen from the dead. Perhaps you heard about how He is a savior. Perhaps you heard about the things He has promised. Perhaps you were like these women who have heard Jesus claim to do the impossible time and again, in their case, that He would rise from the dead, and perhaps you didn’t understand or believe it. Perhaps there is a large stumbling block or stone, if you will, blocking your view of the Truth, the Way, and the Life. But there comes a time when that stone is finally rolled away. We cannot do it ourselves. God has to do it for us. God has to bring us revelation. And when we finally understand and can finally see for ourselves, our faith hits a whole new level.

We end up with resurrection faith as we continue to seek after God and do all that we can in service to Him (like these women bringing spices for His body). God will cause us to finally hear and understand when we search for wisdom and cry out for discernment (Proverbs 2). God gives us understanding freely and without reproach (James 1). All we need is the desire.

We must keep seeking after Him, for when we search with our whole heart then we will find Him. And our faith evolves from no faith and simple faith and struggling faith to resurrection faith. We must get to the place that we know that we know that we know Jesus did come and die for the sins of the world and rose again holding captivity captive.

Then we can finally sing with our whole hearts, “Oh death! Where is your sting?” When we get that resurrection faith.

Have you seen God move in your life? Have you prayed and found God to do the impossible on your behalf? Keep coming to Him. Keeping longing to know the Truth. He will show you that He is who He says He is and has done what He has said He has done.

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