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    Jesus Is Risen

    "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' " (Mk. 16:6-7)

    Who was crucified. He is risen! The angel paints the contrast between what Jesus was and what He is. He was crucified, beyond all doubt - that means He was dead. Now, He is risen - not only resuscitated, but resurrected.

    There are several examples in the Bible of people being resuscitated before this, such as the widow’s son in the days of Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24) and Lazarus (Jn. 11:38-44). Each of these was resuscitated from death, but none of them were resurrected. Each of them was raised in the same body they died in, and raised from the dead to eventually die again. Resurrection isn’t just living again; it is living again in a new body, based on our old body, perfectly suited for life in eternity. Jesus was not the first one brought back from the dead, but He was the first one resurrected.

    Jesus of Nazareth . . . who was crucified: These are not exalted titles for Jesus. Nazareth was not a place to be proud of and crucified was a title of shame, not honor. Yet Jesus is not ashamed to be called "of Nazareth" and "crucified." This description of his shame has become his crown of glory, and all who look to the Crucified and Risen Christ as Saviour and Lord.

    See the place where they laid Him:The actual event of Jesus’ resurrection is nowhere described, but the discovery of it is recorded in some detail. Here, the women who intended to give Jesus’ body a more proper preparation for burial discover that the stone is rolled away from the tomb, and that the body of Jesus is not inside the tomb.

    Those women were later grateful that the angel told them to see the place where they laid Him. It would have - it should have - been enough to merely hear the testimony of the angel. Nevertheless, when they saw it, it gave them ground to stand on even more solid than the testimony of an angel.

    When we see the place where they laid Him, we see that the Father did not forsake Jesus.

    When we see the place where they laid Him, we see that death is conquered.

    When we see the place where they laid Him, we see that we have a living friend in Jesus.

    That the resurrection of Jesus happened is a matter of history. What it means can only be understood by what the Bible tells us. So what does the empty tomb of Jesus and His resurrection mean?

    The resurrection means that Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4).

    The resurrection means that we have assurance of our own resurrection: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thes. 4:14).

    The resurrection means that Jesus has a continuing ministry:He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25).

    The resurrection means that Christianity and its God are unique and completely different and unique among world religions.

    The resurrection means that the cross was the payment, and the empty tomb is the receipt, the proof that though it may have looked like He died on the cross like a common criminal, He actually died as a sinless man, out of love and self-sacrifice to bear the guilt of our sin. Jesus death on the cross was the payment, but the resurrection was the receipt, showing that the payment had been perfect in the sight of God the Father.

    Go and tell: The women were given a message from Jesus and through the angel that they were to deliver. We might think of this message as an invitation, because through this message the disciples were invited to meet with Jesus.

    This shows that the invitations of Jesus are filled with grace. The disciples had completely failed Jesus. He had every right to be done with them, but in grace He extended this kind invitation to them

    This shows us that the invitations of Jesus are always fulfilled on His part. He said that He would meet them in Galilee and indeed He did (Jn. 21:1).

    This shows us that Jesus is always first at the appointed meeting. He said, He is going before you into Galilee and indeed He did.

    He goes first because He is the Shepherd·
    He goes first because He is the Center.
    He goes first because He is the Host.
    He goes first because He is more ready for us than we are for Him.

    This shows us that when Jesus invites us He wants to reveal Himself to us. "He is going before you into Galilee, there you shall see Him" was the message. The main object was to see Him, for Jesus to reveal Himself to His people.

    This shows us that when Jesus invites us He always remembers His promises. "As He said to you," the angel added to the invitation. What Jesus says He will do He always does and He can never fail in any promise.

    And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." (Mt. 28:9-10)

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! He is Risen! Our Lord and our God! Let us worship Him today. The Lord of Heaven and Earth!




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    HE HAS RISEN INDEED!

    Christ’s love & sacrifice were put into His gift for each of us.
    The gift of Christ’s life & death & ressurection which gives us life eternal.


    The concept of conquering DEATH – "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake" ( Dan.12:2 ) – came to fulfillment in the N.T. with Jesus’ DEATH & RESSURECTION. Thus Paul was able to proclaim, "Where, O DEATH, is your victory? Where, O DEATH, is your sting?" ( 1Cor.15:55 )
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