Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them,“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying,’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”Luke 24:1-7
This week is passion week, the few short days leading up to Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. RESURRECTION!
I know I’m a few days early, but this week in anticipation of the coming celebration of Jesus resurrection, I want to talk about the significance of the events surrounding Easter.
Firstly let’s talk about Jesus. Jesus was the long-awaited and much looked-for Messiah. He came to take the sins of the world on his shoulders, so that we (sinners) might be reconciled with God. He fulfilled every prophecy. I googled and found this list of messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. You can click here to view the list. And grab a tissue. You’ll be crying tears of joy just at the idea of Jesus fulfilling some of these. Jesus was perfect. He lived a completely sinless life. And yet he died on a nasty cross (you can read here about the horrors of crucifixion) bearing the sins of the entire world (that’s you and me folks.)
Now let’s talk about the good stuff. Um, HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!!! Looking back at the verses from Luke, the angels don’t stutter when they say, “He is not here, but is risen!” Christ did not stay dead. Oh no. Not happening. Jesus broke the through the bondage of sin and death to be raised from the dead 3 days after he was laid to rest. Can I get an amen?!?!?! How can we talk about this enough. Because of what Christ did, we (you and me folks!) have the opportunity to come into the presence of the Father. We are no longer slaves to sin (John 8:34) but we have freedom in Christ.
And now Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, in glory. Acting as an intercessor on our behalf. Because He loves us. John 3:16-17 are old familiar vacation-Bible-school verses that say,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
So what does this mean for us? Well, it means we have the opportunity to become children of God. Sound weird? It’s not. It’s just like adoption. God offers to adopt us into His love, and to call us His own. Jesus makes that possible. The Bible clearly says that if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) If you’ve already done this, wow! I’m so excited, we’re siblings. I love family. If you haven’t, let’s talk. Jesus is waiting, what is your answer?