<img class="size-medium wp-image-40390 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2020\/11\/cross-4062996_640-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" \/>By Alan Dean,\r\n\r\nRetired pastor\r\n\r\nEaster, though it varies year by year, is the high day in the Christian world. Christ proved He had gained the victory over Satan when He arose from the grave. All heaven rejoiced as Jesus ascended briefly to receive the approval from the Father that His work was sufficient to save the human race. (John 20:17)\r\n\r\nWhen Jesus said from the cross \u201cIt is finished\u201d (John 19:30), it meant that His battle with Satan was over. He had been tempted in all points as we are, yet He sinned not. (Hebrews 4:15) Satan could no longer claim to be the prince of this world. Christ had been victorious over him. And He wants to make us victors as well.\r\n\r\nJesus arose Sunday morning, appearing first to Mary Magdalene who shared the good news with the disciples. However, they did not believe Mary\u2019s report. (Mark 16:11) Neither did they believe the two men who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus. It required Jesus appearing Himself shortly after before they would believe. Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief. (Mark 16:12-14)\r\n\r\nWe remember Thomas, who was absent at Jesus\u2019 first appearing, saying he wouldn\u2019t believe any of them unless he could feel Jesus\u2019 hands with the nail prints and his pierced side. Jesus did just that for Thomas, but He rebuked him as well for his unbelief. (John 20:20)\r\n\r\nJesus had told the disciples various times of His future death and resurrection. They had no excuse for their unbelief. But they were clinging to the hope that Jesus would be the king to raise Israel to worldly power again. \u201cDeath\u201d and \u201cresurrection\u201d were not part of the disciple\u2019s vocabulary.\r\n\r\nHow often do we pass up truth because of preconceived opinions? We today often pick and choose what we believe about Jesus and His Word as well. But the Bible says all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for us. (2 Timothy 3:16)\r\n\r\nDavid says in Psalms 119:105 \u201cThy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.\u201d The Bible can give us guidance, comfort, and hope for today too. The story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the center piece of all its wonderful news.\r\n\r\nSalvation requires faith in God and faith in miracles such as the resurrection. We serve an awesome, loving God who wants to save everyone. However, we need to trust God and His Word. Let\u2019s choose to read it and believe it.