“He is risen”…..”He is risen indeed!” Mostly likely this Easter Sunday you’ll hear those words over and over again. I’ve seen them multiple times this morning already on social media sites. Those incredible three words, “He is risen”, have such a profound effect on our lives and our world since they were uttered 2000+ years ago. I’ve felt led today to think more upon them instead of just reciting them.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. – Matthew 28:6
My study Bible points out in it’s notes how this verse is key to the Christian faith for a number of reasons:
- Jesus promised that he would rise from the dead. This would have seemed like an impossible promise to keep by many of his followers, even those that witnessed him raising others out of death. But, as always, he fulfilled his promise. We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplish all that he promises. This gives us great hope.
- Jesus’ bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is ruler of God’s eternal Kingdom, not a false prophet or impostor. There were many that claimed to be the messiah over the years, many whom even had quite a following, and a few that have even been the basis of major world religions. Jesus has a unique factor among all of them. He is the only one, who has conquered death itself. He is the master over death. He alone reigns over his Kingdom.
- We can be certain of our resurrection, death is not the end. Jesus told his disciples that he was going ahead to make a place for them. The scripture promises us life everlasting and new heavenly bodies when we join Jesus in Heaven. We have eternity to spend with Jesus for those that believe.
- The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. We as sinners are separated from God. We are broken spiritually. The blood of Christ, upon the cross, paid the penalty that we deserve for our sins. Because Jesus took that sin upon himself and paid the price and conquered death, the debt has been paid and we can now come into the presence of God. Our spiritual selves have been resurrected with Christ. He has risen, and so have our spirits been raised from sin.
- The Resurrection is the basis for the church’s witness to the world. Jesus was so much more than a human leader or a great teacher. He is literally the Son of God. He didn’t just spend his time hear on earth teaching, or leading, or writing down his wisdom as many other “founders” of major religions. No he lived a sinless life, paid our debt with his life, then rose from the dead, giving us true hope. Jesus did what no other religious leader had done before or after.
Remember what those three words, “He is Risen” mean when you hear them today. Such powerful meaning in such a short phrase.
Everyone have a blessed Easter!
HE IS RISEN!