He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. (Matthew 28:6)
These three words, “He is risen”, should have an incredible impact on all those in the world that read them. The tomb is empty! He is risen! What other person in the history of the world can that be said of? There were many witnesses to the fact that the Lord rose from the dead including the Apostles, over 500 brethren, James (the Lord’s brother) and Paul (1 Corinthians 15:3-9). The world should see the Resurrection for what it is, and that is; proof that Jesus Christ is God.
The other three words that offer proof to the Lord’s claims are “As He said.” He said He would rise from the dead and He did. Again, what other person that has lived has said that they would rise from the dead and has actually done it? All that He said while He was here should be studied by everyone. His words should take on great significance considering His resurrection. He said He came to die for the sin of the world. If He said that He would rise on the third day, and He did: should we not believe Him when He said he came to die for our sins? The world stands without excuse if they choose not to believe.
“And when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:13)
Today, we celebrate the Resurrection. The Resurrection was the result of the great victory gained by the Lord in the shedding of His Precious Blood at the cross. The Resurrection was dependent on the cross. If there had been one unpaid sin remaining then the Resurrection could not have taken place. The penalty for sin fell on the Lord and not us. We have victory because of His great sacrifice. The Bible says this of those that die in the Lord: ” We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” If we are born again; we will go to be with the Lord immediately upon death. At the cross, the sin debt was paid for all those that believe. Because of the cross, and only because of the cross; we have victory.
So, as we celebrate the Resurrection today, let us remember the great price paid by the Lord. He paid the price so that our sins could be forgiven. As John, the Baptist proclaimed “Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” As we have said, this great celebration of the Resurrection comes as proof that all sin was atoned for.
“I am the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25)
What an incredible victory! The Lord is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He intercedes for us. Someday, we will go to be with Him, and will forever be with the Lord in glory. All this made possible by the cross. We can say “nothing I bring, to your cross I cling”. This we do knowing that the Resurrection is the proof that what He accomplished on the cross paid the price for our sins and that it is the guarantee that we too will rise one day – rise to be with the Lord in glory forever. Praise Him today: “For He is risen.”
“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” (John 16:28)
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