It is that time of year again. For Christian Church, it is one of the most Holy times on the calender. We are approaching Resurrection Day or the celebration of when Jesus Christ defeated death and left the tomb. It is a time of celebration and meditation as we think about all that Jesus did for us. He, one with God, came down to this world in the form of a lowly human so that he could tell us about God’s love and salvation. He then faced the ultimate death on the Roman cross so that He could be sacrificial lamb on our behalf. He bore every single sin committed in the past and in the future and he died so that our debt could be paid. He died and was laid in a borrowed tomb. Three days later he exited that tomb as the risen Son of God. He defeated death and sin and He ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for us. We were given the ultimate gift; a gift we are totally unworthy to receive. All we have to do is accept that we need that gift and then receive it. Simple and yet so profound. So, this time of year is extremely special. It reminds us of what Jesus really did for us. Here are five verses especially special to me that I like to meditate on as Resurrection Day approaches. Be Blessed.
John 11:25-26 (NIV)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
There is nothing like the knowledge that I, my spirit, will continue to live even though my earthly, physical body comes to an end. There is no fear of death. I know I will be with my Savior in Heaven and I will be able to see those loved ones who have gone before me.
Matthew 27:50-53 (NIV)
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.“
The most significant event in the history of man occurred at this very moment. Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind. In so doing he paid the debt we all owed to God. He bridged the gap for us. He took the punishment that we all deserved. The veil that separated us from God was torn as symbolized by the curtain in the temple. To all those present at Christ’s death, there was no doubt that the world was changed forever when that poor carpenter died on the cross.
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
It is true that Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins, but it did not stop there. The tomb could not hold him. Death did not end Him. On the third day, Jesus emerged from the tomb, ALIVE! He was victorious over death. We too can be victorious over death by understanding and accepting the gift that is offered to us all, Christ’s forgiveness and salvation.
Isaiah 26:19 (NIV)
“But your dead will live, LORD;
their bodies will rise-
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy-
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead. “
There is amazing victory over death for all those who believe. Death is not the end. It is really the beginning of an eternity spent with God. We will also have brand new, perfect bodies with which to enjoy the coming Paradise.
I John 3:16 (NIV)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
Jesus set the example. He did the most unselfish thing in history. Should he not be our example? We, as Followers of Christ, are to deny ourselves, become more like Him, and serve our fellow man. It only makes sense.
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Easter!!