A few days ago there was the upper room, an arrest in Gethsemane, a denial in the courtyard, a crucifixion on Golgotha, and a burial in a new grave. To some, all seemed lost.
The disciples saw the Master they had followed for three years led away, tried and then crucified. Mary saw her son beaten, tortured and die. Peter, after promising to never leave Jesus, denied even knowing him. The crowds that had hailed him as king a few days ago, on Friday called for his death. Jesus, the Son of God, was dead.
On Easter everything changed. We read in Matthew 28:5, The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen, just as he said. (Evangelical Heritage Version)
Jesus is no longer dead. He said he would rise and that death could not hold him. He is alive and the devil is defeated. He is alive and paid for all of our sins. Jesus is alive and now all those who believe in him have an inheritance that is kept in heaven. That inheritance is eternal life. Even as Jesus rose, so I too will someday rise from the dead. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance that is undying, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4. (EHV)
Easter means everything Jesus taught was true. The high priests and Pharisees, the soldiers, not even mighty Pontius Pilate could keep our Savior from following through with his mission. Not even the devil prevented Jesus’ resurrection. So what is left?
We rejoice in that fact that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died, and rose. We tell others about the fact that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died and, rose. And when our lives are over, we will go to heaven to claim our inheritance. It will be ours not because of anything we did–but because Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died and on Easter he rose.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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