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"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb." (Luke 24:1-2)

Resurrection day was a day of new life. The tomb was empty, the woman found, and living would never again be bound.

In that tomb they found only His graveclothes. His body was missing and the Romans were hissing. But the ladies were praising for Jesus Christ's raising!

Think about it. Even though Jesus has been raised from the dead, at times we try to slip His graveclothes back over our head! We drag out past sin, guilt and pain instead of leaving it where we left it to wear it again.

Imagine how stinky a dead body would be if we dug it up now. Got the picture?

Pee-yuu and how! Once you surrender your life to Jesus, you are dead and buried in Him. No reason at all to drag out those graveclothes and put them on again. Get it?

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"  (Rom. 6:1-2)

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  (Rom. 8:1)

Don't dig up the past.  You're free at last!

Source: RIOT Devotional Vol. 2 by Carman.
Excerpt permission granted by Albury Publishing

Author Biography

Web site: Carman
Born Carman Licciardello, he began recording under his first name and released his debut album in 1980. Carman began charting contemporary Christian hits in 1984 with "Sunday's on the Way," reaching No. 1 with "The Champion" (1986) and "Radically Saved" (1988). His other hit songs include "Lord of All," "Jesus Is the Light," and "Satan, Bite the Dust!" Carman reportedly holds the world record for the largest audience at a Christian concert. His popularity was at its height in the 1980s and early '90s, but he continued releasing albums for years, including his most recent release, 2014's "No Plan B." In 2018, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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