He Is Alive!
What if Good Friday had not happened? Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. The Friday on which Christ was crucified between two guilty thieves; these thieves realized they had committed horrific crimes that deemed their deaths justified. However, not Jesus who was sinless. How could something that was so dark, bleak, agonizing, and full of suffering be considered by so many as “good”?
Many had seen the miracles of Jesus. They saw Him change water into wine, heal a royal official’s son, heal a leper, heal a paralyzed man, heal a widow’s son, calm a storm, heal a demon-possessed man, heal a bleeding woman, and among many other miracles. However, many of the same people that followed Him closely, praised Him regularly, called Him “Son of God” (Matthew 14:33), and “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2, Matthew 15:2, John 19:19) are now the same ones that are betraying Him. They are hiding from the crowd and wanting Him dead. In a week, the crowd has gone from yelling “Hosanna, Hosanna” to “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.”
Nothing is happening on Saturday. Jesus was crucified on Friday. His body was removed from the cross; His body was anointed and placed in Joseph’s tomb. Soldiers guarded it so that the body would not be stolen. Jesus is silent, and so is God. What is going on?
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection were God’s provision for the perfect and only sacrifice needed for man’s sins. The sacrifice had to be without spot or blemish. All four Gospels report the miraculous and spectacular Resurrection. In Matthew 28:6 the angel declared
He is not here: for he is risen!
Mark 16:6 reports
'Don't be alarmed,' [the angel] said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
In Luke 24:46-48, Jesus gave His disciples a greater understanding of the resurrection when He told them:
This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Jesus foretells of His resurrection in John 16; then to one of the doubting witnesses, Thomas, He says the following in John 20:29:
Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
He Is Alive
It was early the Sunday morning that Jesus rose from the dead. It was at that time that Jesus conquered sin and death. Jesus promised,
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. John 11:25-26
Jesus died for all of us. This Resurrection day is a perfect day to accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior by repenting and confessing the prayer below:
Dear God, I need you, I am humbly calling out to you, I’m tired of doing things my way. Help me to start doing things Your way, I invite You into my life to be my Lord and Savior, fill the emptiness in me with Your Holy Spirit and make me whole. Lord, help me to trust You, help me to love You, help me to live for You, help me to understand Your grace, Your mercy, and Your peace. Thank you, Lord, Amen.