He has risen! Three days later, Christ rose from the dead, victorious having conquered death. Many witness testified to this, and many encountered his presence:
Risen from the Dead – Matthew 28:1-10
28 1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.
5-6 The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.
7 “Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.”
8-10 The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. “Good morning!” he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, “You’re holding on to me for dear life! Don’t be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I’ll meet them there.”
Jesus Christ rose as saviour, and impacted many with complete joy, telling the women to go and spread the news! Just as He told the women, we too have nothing to fear. There’s a wonderful line in the song, In Christ Alone that says, “And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me….” and the song ends with, “Here in the power of Christ, I’ll stand!” Christ has done it – He lives, and gives us freedom from pain, fear and sin, fulfilling us with great joy! He has conquered death, so that we may live in his eternal love, and power but, what does living in the Power of Christ actually mean? It means going into every situation, knowing that Christ is Lord of all, looking to him and knowing his love. Through the death and resurrection, we may have a realtionship with God, where we are able to talk to him, listen to him, know the truth and be filled with joy, as well as praise. If Christ can conquer death, he can move mountains for those who have faith!
So rejoice! Praise God, who was, and is, and is to come – Our God Reigns, and has taken the punishment for all our sin, replacing it with life, with our Heavenly Father! So, Happy Easter from me!
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