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Devotionals by Chuck Swindoll

Today's Insight from Chuck Swindoll

No need to prolong the story. Or complicate it. Or embellish it. Or try to explain it. Or defend it. Just declare it. The facts speak for themselves.

Jesus of Nazareth said He would "suffer . . . be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matt. 16:21).

Betrayed by Judas, He was seized, placed under arrest, pushed hurriedly through several trials (all of them illegal), and declared guilty . . . first of "blasphemy," next of "treason" (Luke 22:70–23:24).

Alone and forsaken, He endured the torture of scourging, the humiliation of insults and mockery, and the agony of that walk to Golgotha (Mark 15:15–22).

The horrors of crucifixion followed, leaving Him suspended for six excruciating hours . . . the last three of which were spent in eerie darkness that "fell over the whole land" (Mark 15:33).

By three o'clock that afternoon He uttered His final words. "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46).

Then . . . He died (Matt. 27:50Mark 15:37Luke 23:46John 19:30).

Two men, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, took Him down from the cross, prepared the body for burial, and placed it "in the garden in a new tomb" (John 19:38–41).

The chief priests and the Pharisees had the tomb secured by a large stone, a seal set on the stone, and a body of men sent to guard the site (Matt. 27:62–66).

Guarded and sealed, the tomb was silent as He remained lifeless, untouched, and unseen until the early hours of the morning on the first day of the week (Luke 24:1–2).

Before dawn a miracle occurred. Bodily, silently, victoriously, He arose from death. In resurrected form, He passed through the stone, leaving the mummylike wrappings still intact (John 20:1–8).

When astonished people visited the site that morning, they found the stone rolled away and the body gone. Then they were asked by angels, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen" (Luke 24:5–6). Christ is risen, indeed!

"When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, 'Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore'" (Rev. 1:17–18).

Taken from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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About Insight for Living

Services at Stonebriar Community Church where Chuck Swindoll pastors are available here in their entirety. Watch the live service, with Chuck preaching, at 10:40 a.m. Central time each Sunday.

Chuck Swindoll's Video Insights are bite-sized nuggets of wisdom and humor ranging from doctrinal issues to relationship tips to ways to improve your own attitude and outlook on life. Conversations with Chuck videos are engaging and informative vignettes that address probing questions related directly to one of his Classic radio series.

About Chuck Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, but Chuck’s listening audience extends far beyond a local church body. As a leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living airs in major Christian radio markets around the world, reaching people groups in languages they can understand. Chuck’s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide and his leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

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