He is Risen!
He is risen indeed!
From the days of the ancient church until now believers have greeted each other on Easter day with those words. “He is risen!” has been the cry of the church from the very beginning.
On Good Friday we remembered the crucifixion of Christ, and we all know thecrucifixion is vital to our salvation. But, on Easter we celebrate His resurrection. By the term resurrection we mean that Jesus was actually physically dead in the grave Friday evening, all day Saturday, and even part of Sunday. He then was actually physically raised from the dead. His body became alive again. But, why is that so important that it becomes the focus of the holiest day of the church calendar?
The resurrection means that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice.
Without the physical resurrection from the dead we would never know for certain His sacrifice was accepted and therefore we are reconciled, saved, and justified. Without the resurrection we would never have assurance that we have access to the throne room of heaven.
The resurrection means that we will also be raised from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
Now the phrase “first fruits” means there will be second fruits. Jesus was first, but in Him we will all also be made alive. Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave! We have nothing to fear! Death, the last great enemy is defeated.
1 Corinthians 15:55–57
55 “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since Christ was raised from the dead:
- He was sinless
- His sacrifice was accepted
- Our sins are forgiven
- There is no reason to fear death, we will be resurrected just as Christ was resurrected
This may sound like a change of subject, but stay with us. What is it that you are afraid of? What is it that worries you and keeps you awake at night?
If Jesus has given us victory over death, isn’t everything else we worry and fret over much less of a big deal?
Friend, worship and celebrate the risen Lord, and rest in the fact that even death is conquered, so everything else is going to be ok.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
1 Corinthians 15:12-28