Christians rejoice that the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ changed the world, and mankind has never been the same. During the Spring season, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Father God, Who gave part of Himself, His Son, to die for the sins of a world that had fallen away from its Creator. When Adam and Eve disobeyed with a sinful act, they were banished from the beautiful garden, and man was separated from God. We are blessed that the story did not end there; we are blessed that Father God loves us so much. Thank you, Father God, for your infinite love. Thank you, Jesus, for your ultimate sacrifice. He has risen!!!!
Christ Declares His Lordship
Christ declares He is the resurrection and the life, that whoever will believe in him will pass from death to life. Not only does He boldly declare He is the power of life (by resurrection) and death, but those who believe in Him will never die. So, rejoice, Christian; not only does Christ give us rebirth (born-again) in this world as a new creation, but we also have the promise we will never die. Praise God!! This is a promise we can believe, for He rose from the dead, triumphing over death and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
“25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”
Lord Jesus Humbles Himself
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, laid aside His glory and came down to earth to be born by a virgin in a lowly stable. The lamb of God was fully God and fully man, the perfect, sinless sacrifice. Can you imagine the God of the Universe, Creator of all, came to live on earth as a human. Perfect love and holiness came to a sinful world to redeem all of mankind from their unrighteousness. His beautiful act of loving sacrifice paid the penalty for our sins, and those who believe in His name will become the sons of God.
“8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”
Son of God has Risen
The perfect One, the glorious Jesus, rose from the grave as He prophesied, He would. Remember, God is immutable and is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). Our Savior, our God, is not an idol who sits upon a shelf who cannot see and cannot hear and cannot speak. Halleluiah, My Jesus lives!! Jesus hears us, He speaks to us through His word, He sacrificed for us, and He is risen!!!
“4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words.”
Witness to Resurrection
Peter gives testimony to being an eyewitness of the risen Lord, His Majesty the Lord Jesus Christ. My God reigns. Jesus is the Holy One, the Just and the Prince of Life (Acts 3:14-15). Glory to God, He has risen.
“14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.”
The power of God raises Christ
No power, man, government, army, entity, demon, or principality nothing could hold Christ in the grave. God is the Supreme King, and the earth is His footstool sits upon His throne of Majesty raised His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, by His power.
1 Corinthians 6:14
“14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.”
Christ rose again and brought us hope. Mankind could now be reconciled with God by seeking forgiveness of their sins with the belief in their heart that Christ took their punishment and belief in Him as the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10). If that news was not good enough when Jesus fulfilled prophecy and rose from the grave, two enemies of mankind were dealt a blow. Death lost to the Lord Jesus Christ. The grave could not hold Him in its dark clutches. He walked out of the dark tomb alive by the power of God. He gave mankind hope and once and for all vanquished the fear of death and the grave. For when we close our eyes for the final time to this world, we open them to be with the Lord. Our old self will be left behind, and we shall be incorruptible as He is perfect. We can sing with the voices in heaven, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
“54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”
Christ Rose and We are Alive
We are alive in God because of our Lord Jesus and His sacrifice. When we accept Christ, we begin to change. In the face of His redeeming unfathomable love, we become new creations in Christ. Who could not change when they spend time with the master of the Universe, the Good Shepherd Who gave His life for His sheep. Hallelujah, He has risen, and we are reconciled to God. There will never be a greater gift for men than the gift of having his trespasses forgiven by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He has risen.
2 Corinthians 5:11-19
“11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputed their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”