He is Risen!

He is Risen!

As we enter this Easter weekend it would be good to reflect a little longer and deeper on what the resurrection of Jesus means for us. What at first appeared to be a tragic loss and injustice ended in the greatest gain and triumph of justice in all of human history. On the cross all of our sins were judged and atoned for once and for all. The consequences were dealt with. Nothing was left undone. When Jesus, with His final agonizing breath, cried “it is finished” (Jn. 19:28) it really was finished. The punishment for your sins and mine had all been poured out on Jesus, the Lamb of God. Now we are able to receive all the love and goodness of God. It’s called “grace”. .But as significant and necessary as the cross was it would be without meaning or benefit if it weren’t for the historical fact of the resurrection. The tomb is empty! He really is risen! And this is a fact attested to by eye witness accounts of many who not only saw Him but touched His risen body and ate with Him. Just read some of these accounts below.

From Luke:

“The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,  until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:1-3

And from the Apostle Paul:

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.” 1 Cor. 15:1-9

The historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus changed all of human history. Jesus has triumphed over sin and death for us. The Kingdom of Heaven is now ours. That is cause to celebrate every day. As the ancient believers used to greet one another, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”