Jesus is Alive – Hallelujah:
“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless.” (1 Cor. 15:16-17).
How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ? It is the founding principle of Christianity, because if Jesus did NOT rise from the dead, then our faith is in vain. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead proves that He was who He said He was – the Son of God. So what do we as Christians believe about the death and resurrection of Jesus? It’s found in this passage of Scripture:
“Now let me remind you of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is built on this wonderful message. And it is this Good News that saves you if you firmly believe it – unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me – that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now.” (1 Cor. 15:1-6)
The Bible says that Jesus not only died on the Cross, but also that He was buried, and three days later, He came back to life. How do we know He was really raised from the dead? There were over 500 witnesses to His resurrection. Here’s what happened that Easter Sunday morning, almost 2,000 years ago…
“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid.” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here. He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and he is going ahead of you toGalilee. You will see him there. Remember, I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to find the disciples to give them the angel’s message.” (Matthew 28:1-8).
The Bible says that the two Marys who went to see Jesus were frightened, but they were also filled with great joy because Jesus was alive. The resurrection of Jesus is an exciting event. I don’t know how Christians can go to Resurrection Day services year after year and lose the thrill of the news that JESUS IS ALIVE. What an encouraging word this is to us. Because Jesus rose from the dead, that means that when we die, we too shall be raised from the dead. The grave is not the end, and death has no power over God‘s Children. I have absolute confidence in God’s promise that when I die, and am absent from this physical body, I will be present with the Lord. So when I die, don’t mourn my death, but celebrate, because I KNOW that I will be in Heaven with Jesus. And if that wasn’t enough, the good news of the resurrection of Jesus means that we can experience His resurrection power saving, delivering and healing our lives here and now on the Earth. And that’s why Jesus gives all of us this great commission…
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16). Let’s go tell the good news to the world that Christ is risen – He is risen indeed!
Pastor Chris Jordan