The Place to Say YesEvery once in a while, comic strips have something really good to say. Have you ever seen "B. C."? He is this little scraggly-haired caveman that makes some fairly modern observations. The best one appeared one Easter and began with B. C. outside a tomb with a rock next to it. Then, in the next panel, he goes in the tomb and looks around. In the third panel, he finds the tomb empty. Finally, in the last panel, he comes out, stands outside the empty tomb, and shouts one word: "Yes!"

Acts 2 refers to three "panels": a hill, a hole, and a heart. Peter is preaching just weeks after Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, and some of the people in the crowd were probably among those who had called for His death. Peter says in Acts 2:23-24, "This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him." Peter continues in Acts 2:36-37, "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'"

Centuries have passed, but Peter's message is the same for your life as well. A hill comes first - the hill of Calvary. Walk up to the top of that hill where the cross is and look into the face of Jesus. The Bible says that you have crucified Him, actually we all did. He didn't go there because Roman soldiers or Jewish leaders made Him go there. Jesus died on the cross because it was the only way to pay the death penalty for our sins.

Have you ever walked up to the cross on that hill and said, "For me. This is for me"? In Galatians 2:20, Paul says, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." That's the hill.

Now, there's a hole. It's the hole where Jesus was buried, and nobody's there. Jesus blew the doors off His grave that Easter morning; it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. Only one person can give you unending and uninterrupted life. That's the Man who has it Himself - the Man who conquered death. Stand at that hole in the ground, at that empty tomb where Jesus no longer lies, and say, "For sure. This thing is for sure." This is not blind faith or religious dogma. There is a living Savior and you can know Him!

Then there's a heart. Scripture says that the hearts of the people were aching by what they heard and asked, "What shall we do?" Is that your question today? Jesus was on that cross for you, He blew the doors off death, and He has eternal life to offer.

Say "yes" to Jesus. You may have a head full of Christian facts, a checkbook full of Christian contributions, or a calendar full of Christian meetings, but a heart that's still empty of Jesus. When Thomas saw that Jesus was alive, he fell at His feet and said, "My Lord and my God!" Isn't it time for you to say, "My Lord! My God! My Savior!"? Walk up that hill to the cross and say, "For me." Go by the empty tomb and say, "For sure." Make today the day you come to Jesus and say, "Yes!"

            

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