July 8

DAILY READINGS: Judges 1:1-2:5; Isaiah 21:1-22:14; 1 Cor 1:1-31

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6, NKJV

Thus the angel answered the women at the empty tomb. But how could it be? They were the last to see Joseph bury Him there. Soldiers later were stationed at His sealed tomb. “For He is risen.” Why should it not be? He is the sinless Son of God. Death and decay could not hold Him. He had prophesied it Himself (Matthew 17:23) and it was “as He said.” So just believe it; and like Thomas, put aside all unbelief and acclaim, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28, NKJV). —K. C. Ung

Behold the stone is rolled away! And shining ones have come to say:
“He is not here, but is risen! He is not here, but is risen!” The night
of death is past and gone. Arise, and greet the glorious morn! “He is
not here, but is risen! He is not here, but is risen!” —D. W. Whittle