The beauty of a sunrise. Few things are as breathtaking and uplifting. With the dawning of each day, the sunrise brings a renewed hope.
There was one sunrise that was not, nor never will be the same as any other day. It brought more than sunshine into the morning...it brought the renewed Body of the Son of God. Jesus was no longer dead...He was alive!
Glory to God in the Highest! How often have we said those words? Yet those six words are the basis for everything we believe in. Everything is to give glory to God. It is why we were created...to give glory to our Creator. All nature gives glory. Creation grows heavenward, swaying their praise in the gentle breeze. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
But if God is the all Powerful, we may find ourselves asking, "Why? Why would Jesus go through all that He did on that fateful Friday?" Because of Sunday. Sunday brought the Glory of God. He took our punishment and pain, so that we wouldn't have to. He did so, knowing that three short days later, He would be glorified...as would the Father. The Resurrection was the key that opened the gates of heaven for you and for me...if we but repent and believe. Hallelujah!!
Jesus defied death, and proved that Satan had no power over Him. He proved that Good WILL overcome Evil. That was ultimately the greatest Glorification that God could have. He conquered sin and gave a foreshadowing of what will happen when Christ comes again.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed!