Praising the Lord For He Is Risen
The First to Spread the Good News
At dawn, Mary Magdalene was the first to arrive at the tomb. With her were Mary, the mother of James, Joanna and other women who followed Jesus. At the tomb they encountered an angel.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you. (Matthew 28:5:7) nkjv
Roman Guards Bribed, But First Terrified
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothes as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. (Matthew 28:1-4)
. In the meantime, some of the Roman guards went and told the chief priests what had happened. They gave a large sum of money to the guards to tell people that the disciples came at night and stole His body. Of course, there were Roman guards on duty at the tomb who would have stopped anyone from stealing His body, as the consequences for the guards falling asleep was death. But the chief priests and the elders were desperate. The empty tomb was the Pharisees and chief priests and elders worst nightmare.
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” so the took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (Matthew 28:11-15) nkjv
If they guards had slept, as they were paid to say, they would have been killed. The thought that all the guards fell asleep is outrageous. This explains why the chief priests had to pay them to say they were sleeping and the disciples stole the body of Jesus. And why the chief priests told the guards they would protect them for their lies.
The Women Spread the Good News to His Disciples
When the women came to the disciples with the news of the empty tomb, they at first did not believe them. Peter and John went to the tomb themselves and saw that white linen that Jesus had been buried in. And the handkerchief that been around His head. They saw the tomb was empty and believed.
The Risen Christ Appears 12 Times Before His Ascension
Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene, and then to the other women who with her at the empty tomb. He appeared to the disciples as they were huddled and frightened behind closed doors. He appeared to the two travelers on the road to Emmaus, who were followers of Christ. He appeared to a crowd of 500. In all, He appeared 12 times, and He always appeared to believers. The resurrected Christ was on the earth for 40 days before His ascension.
Jesus Christ is Alive
If Jesus, our Lord and Savior had not been resurrected, there would be no Christian church. Many through the ages have tried to diminish and mock the resurrection of our Lord, and they still do to this day. But they have failed miserably. Jesus Christ is alive and sitting at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness. Or peril, or sword?
It is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Romans 8:34-36)
Hallelujah, Jesus is risen and is Lord and Savior for those who believe. And Jesus is coming back because He said He would and that settles it. Not one of us is promised another minute, or another day so please take your eternal destination seriously. We all have two choices and two choices only. Heaven or hell. So you might say, you do not believe in hell? But what if you are wrong? And you are. What a crucial mistake to make. Good works cannot and will not save anyone. Only Jesus saves!
Jesus spoke of hell more than he spoke of heaven as He loves us and gives us every chance to accept salvation that comes only through Him. Don’t delay folks as this is serious business and gambling with your eternity in unwise and thoughtless.
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also: and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:5-7)
Jesus reigns forever,