“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.”
In just a few days, we will celebrate Easter Sunday. While our culture tries to change our focus to bunnies, eggs, and Springtime, we will remember the true reason for the holiday. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who had been dead for three full days, conquered death itself and rose from His grave! The angelic messenger quoted above was almost chiding the women visiting the tomb of Jesus by reminding them that Jesus had promised to rise again.
We wonder at this message, one never before given about any other person. HE IS RISEN! He was dead, but He is no longer dead.
No other being worshiped as deity could ever make this claim, and none ever will be able to do so in the future. Jesus Christ instantly demonstrated the futility of all religious systems and all pagan gods when He demonstrated this unique victory.
Because of this victory, Jesus Christ offers what no other god can. He has conquered death, and He offers each of us the free gift of eternal life. All we need to do is accept that gift.
No other work is necessary or even possible. He alone has beaten death at its own game and offers that victory to us.
As we celebrate Easter on Sunday, let’s all be sure we have accepted the unique gift of Jesus Christ’s salvation from sin and death. We can then all rejoice in the true message of this special holiday, “HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!”