I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and hell.
 – Revelation 1:18
The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling, settling dust of death and opens the way to new life. – Billy Graham

There was a funeral this past weekend. He was the most powerful force on earth. No man or woman could rise above his control. He was here long before you and me. And yet, somehow he was ousted from his preeminent reign and bound in chains. And there is no epitaph engraved on his tombstone, so I’ll tell you who he is. His name is Death. For when Jesus came bursting out of the tomb, He came out with keys in His hands and a shout in His heart. He held in His hands the keys to a prison – the prison in which He had locked up Death forever!

For the grave was strong. Stronger than us. But there was indeed someone stronger. Strong enough to put Death in his grave.

Jesus rose to life and went straight to His work of raising us to life.

We can get excited because the One who is working His life in us is the only One – the only One – to whom Death bows his head in utter servitude. His life is vibrant and powerful, and it is raising us to life everyday.

The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
By Your spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat
The resurrected King is resurrecting me
In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory
The resurrected king is resurrecting me
Your name, Your name is victory
All praise will rise to Christ our king

Resurrecting, Brown/Brock/Ntlele/Furtick/Joye

IN RESPONSE:

God was already worthy of our worship because He created us with His own hands – we are His workmanship. But in light of Jesus’ victory over Death – that power under whose tyranny we all were doomed – we are left with nothing but pure exultation, and with no excuse for anything but extravagant worship. So today is a day to play music, shout, kneel, sing and dance for praise with hearts full of life from our risen Savior, Jesus!

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Take a look at the rest of the extravagant worship devotionals here.

By James Mark Gulley, Worship Pastor