He is risen! He is not here.
What an exciting statement! Jesus has conquered death and has risen from the grave!
All over the world Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. This is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do. Jesus Christ is alive and well!
Jesus suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross. But this suffering turned to victory when He rose again. Because of Jesus’s resurrection we have hope for a future life after death with Him. Without the resurrection all hope of heaven would be lost. The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Christ and the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
1 Corinthians 15:12-14
The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus and without it our faith would be empty.
But our faith is not empty. It is based on these facts:
#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us ( for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)
#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.
He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.
#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.
He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:5-8
#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.
to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
These facts, or infallible proofs as Paul called them, are not happenstance. God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!
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