After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Mt 28:1–10
I love the King James rendering of verse 6: He is risen.
He is still the great I AM. Friday was an important day, but so was Sunday. Jesus died, but then He rose again.
Jesus had given up His spirit upon death. Why did He pick His body back up again on Sunday and stay for a while? Maybe He had a few more important things to say.
What did He say?
- Do not be afraid. Mt 28:10
- Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Lk 24:46–47 (Translation: I told you so)
- Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe. Jn 20:27
- And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Mt 28:20
Do not fear. This was the plan from the beginning. Believe. When I said I will never leave you nor forsake you, I meant it.
Jesus did not just pay our sin debt with His life, He lives to tell about it. He is seated on His throne, high and lifted up, constantly interceding for us at the right hand of the Father.
Not only does that mean that every person who believes Jesus will get to spend eternity with Him in heaven, but at the moment they accept His gift of grace, He comes to live in them. So, we do not just have eternal security about what will happen when we shed these fleshly bodies, we also have a constant companion, helper, teacher, mediator, and so much more while we continue this journey on planet Earth.
Divine wisdom, strength, and comfort is all available to us every moment of every day. The most meaningful relationship we can have, and the only true satisfaction for our souls, grows as we abide in Christ as He abides in us.
Jesus died to save our future. He rose to save our today.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is still exactly that. Alive. Everlasting. The Light of the World still shines. The Living Water still flows. And our Pascal Lamb is still worthy of all our praise.