Something to think about.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:8
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Revelations 1:17-18
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Revelation 22:13 (ESV)
All of these verses have a common denominator they are all talking about A living God. Jesus died on the cross and was risen from the dead by God the father.
Do we take it for granted? Is it a concept that does not quite touch our reality? Is it an idea the brushes against the ends of our imaginings not quite real? Is it a happening that is so uncommon to us that we put it in the category of maybe? The resurrected living Christ is an enigma we cannot discard.
Jesus tells Paul “and behold I am alive forevermore.” This statement along with the angel saying to Martha “He is not here; for He is risen” changed everything. The two statements attest to the same thing Jesus is alive. If you believe these witnesses and others, the reality of Jesus being alive will alter your life. Once this concept is moved from the furthest reaches of your mind and brought into focus, your life will not be the same. Jesus, the son of God, is alive and He said, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
He is alive, and He will never leave you. Regardless of what you have been taught grab hold of this truth, Jesus is alive. He is alive today. He promised never to leave you. The Son of God, the beloved of the father, is alive and with you always. Once you take this out of the figurative and move it into the actual nothing will ever be the same. The power of the Son of God walks with you, and if you listen, He will talk with you. If you take a step back, He will guide you He will protect you. He will nourish you. All this and so much more is available to you in real-time. Jesus is as alive now as He was at the beginning as John stated. He is “the first and the last” as Paul quotes Him as saying. He is the “Alpha and the Omega.” And He is “alive forevermore.” Jesus is alive.
Something to think about.
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6
“For he is risen” the four most important words ever spoken. The world has been shaken to its core at these four words. An actual change in the history of man occurred on account of these words. A new hope and reality came into existence when they were uttered. A whole new way of living was validated because of these words.
The crucifixion of Jesus was not the single most important event in history. His resurrection was. Jesus was dead, Christ was resurrected. This man died. He was resurrected as King and Savior. His resurrection was by the God of the universe. Have we lost sight of this event?
We are so busy with our lives. With doing for God. We try to flourish and excel in our gifts, jobs, lives, have we lost sight of why we do what we do. Have we turned the resurrection into a commonplace event? Has it become a historical event that we lump together with all others? Has it become something that is not life altering. Something commonplace? Something that we have become so accustomed to we don’t give it the importance it requires?
“He is risen.” Have you ever seen the dead come back to life? I’m not talking about CPR or any rapid resuscitation protocol. I mean someone who has been dead for an extended period of time being brought back to life. No other such event has been recorded or claimed by anyone in History. Do you realize this event was witnessed by hundreds of people? It was reported by his followers. These twelve men went on to change the world. Not based on a conspiracy or on Jesus’s religious philosophy but on His resurrection. His inner circle never recanted their claims. Even when threatened with death. Even as they were killed
The most important aspect of this event is this. Jesus the Christ is alive. He was not resurrected to die again. He was not resurrected to be lost or hidden from humanity. That reality should be paramount in your mind every day through every situation. God or bad. He was the first to be resurrected. His resurrection gives us hope for the future. It validates all of His claims. It solidifies His claims of eternity. It turns an interesting philosophy into an undeniable reality. Every Christian belief hinges on this one event. His resurrection validates all of the claims about Him. From His virgin birth to being the sacrificial lamb for the world. Without the resurrection, we diminished Christ to an interesting person in human history. He becomes as so many others without eternal consequence. He is then an enigma without substance or value.
Christ is everything. There is before His resurrection and after. Before is hopelessness and futility. After is eternity and victory. He is resurrecting every day the lives of those who believe. “He is risen.”
Something to think about.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28: 5-6
“He is risen,” spoken by an angel of God defines the destiny of humanity. This man Jesus died. Not an uncommon occurrence, in fact, is a very common occurrence it will happen to everyone. What is unique is that He was brought back to life. His resurrection and the power of God that resurrected Him sets Him apart from every other person that has ever lived. His life and ministry took on a whole new meaning because He became the first to come into a new life. Do you understand, without the resurrection, Jesus would probably have been lost and forgotten in the pages of history? After his crucifixion, all of His apostles were in hiding in fear for their lives. Without the resurrection, they all would have scattered and disappeared. Without this event, we would have nothing to believe in. But since it did happen it changes everything even our very lives. “He is Risen” are the most important words ever spoken.